Arsenal face Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday and Wenger is expected to field a strong side despite some key players being rested.
The state of things as per injury at the club is getting more brighter and merrier because, finally, the boss has been able to realize the need to exempt some players from certain training sessions, hence, conserving their energy and bones for the crucial games.
We currently have six players injured and it can only get better. Alexis Sanchez was meant to return against Sunderland but the manager feels he is still has some days to recuperate fully.
Via the club’s official website, he was quoted as saying.
on Santi Cazorla…
Nothing’s changed [from the original timescale] with Santi. It could be a bit shorter with him because he’s often quicker [to recover] than you expect him to be. Cazorla and Coquelin are doing well.
on Rosicky and Arteta…
Tomas Rosicky is not far, he’s back in full training next week, so should be available soon. Mikel is available.
It is chilling to know that Cazorla and Coquelin will return much earlier. The former is expected to return sometime in February from his knee Ligament injury.
But that cannot be said of both Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck. Giroud said that Welbeck would return in six weeks time, which means that even Coquelin is on course to return before him, apparently.
Same goes for Wilshere since Wenger is coy over his return by February. I hope it’s not what I’m thinking.
Playing a physical Sunderland side is a potential banana skin and I’m certain we won’t like to go the lane of Liverpool – winning the game at the expense of the key players’ fitness would be the apex of a pyrrhic victory.