With a hectic fixture schedule coming up that includes two expected victories in the League Cup and Europa League, Arsene Wenger needs as many players as he can get.
The likes of Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are beginning to come back to full fitness and are likely to play a key part in Wednesday night’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
But on the other end of the injury list a number of first team stars will be left out of action over the next few games as they continue to assess the extent of their injuries.
Mesut Ozil was a surprise omission from the squad during the 0-0 draw over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, with Wenger yet to comment on what exactly is the issue.
The good news is that Ozil was involved in light training at London Colney today and could return to the starting XI for this weekend’s Premier League game against West Brom.
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According to the boss there was a minor inflammation in Ozil’s knee and it looks as if he’s taken extra precautions to ensure the £42million man is available as soon as possible.
Staying on positive updates, Calum Chambers is ready to return to the first team and will feature in the Doncaster game, most likely starting at centre-back.
The defender spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and having played for the Under 23’s last week he’ll now make his first proper involvement in an Arsenal shirt for over a year.
Danny Welbeck was forced off at Stamford Bridge after 73 minutes due to a groin problem which is now expected to leave him out of action for at least three weeks.
The forward is waiting on the results of a scan which will determine how many games he’ll miss, but Wenger has already revealed he doesn’t expect him to be back until after the international break.
Finally, Mathieu Debuchy has picked up some sort of injury behind the scenes that we weren’t made aware of, after Wenger confirmed the defender is coming back slowly.
Whether or not he was talking about match fitness we won’t know, but the Frenchman’s main duty this season will likely be in either the League Cup or Europa League.
Arsenal are expected to make at least nine changes to the side that started against Chelsea on the weekend as Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have all been tipped to come in.
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