Now that the international week is finally over, we can get back to the business of Arsenal football yet again. It was a downer to have the internationals so close to the start of the season. Just when the fans were getting back into the groove after the summer break, the international sequence really took the wind out of our sails. I don’t know how they plan these fixtures it is really disruptive for the clubs. Just to inform you guys, the next break in the second of October meaning after another three league matches, we will have a break again.
Well, that’s in the future so we will not think about it until then. For now, we look forward to the resumption of the league and the match against Southampton this Saturday. The good news is that all our players have come back healthy bar for Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott. Both players might miss that match but they will not be out for long. Theo’s virus attack is not that serious and the player should recover within the next few days. Whether he gets to start is another matter altogether. As for Diaby, the boss has come out to say that he will probably miss the match at the Emirates but won’t be out for too long. Speaking to French television, Arsene Wenger said,
‘His injury does not seem serious at all and he still has a small chance of playing on Saturday.’
Given this guy’s medical history, I would advise Arsene to err on the side of precaution and let him fully heal before giving him a run out on the field. Diaby is going to be an important player for us this season and we surely want to make sure he is well before playing him.
As for the rest, all is healthy and even the injured ones are coming back. Szczesny has recovered from his rib injury and should be in contention to regain his place between the sticks. Wilshere, Rosicky, Sagna and Frimpong are all back in training and we hope to see them soon.