Theo Walcott could still play a part in Arsenal’s season, despite initial concerns that the England international would be out for three weeks with a hamstring problem picked up in the game against Chelsea.
Although the winger will be replaced by Yossi Benayoun in tomorrow’s squad for the match with Stoke, Arsene Wenger believes Walcott has a chance of playing in the final game of the season at West Bromwich Albion; a match which could decide the Gunners’ Champions League fate.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the state of his squad, the boss confirmed: “Theo is out for Saturday. He has a little chance to catch the last game but not the next two.”
“[Rosicky] is alright. He was sick last weekend. I think he pushed himself very hard to get on the pitch but he has recovered since and should be fit for the game.”
Despite the boss backing Abou Diaby to play a big role in the final weeks, the Frenchman is struggling with illness and faces a late fitness test.
“Diaby will not start,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “He was sick until yesterday and had a light session. He could be short again but he could be in the squad.”
The boss also touched on the state of long-term absentees Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker revealing that the England man “makes slow progress…and doesn’t have a specific focus on the Olympics.”
Speaking about the lanky German, who is recovering from ankle surgery, Wenger concluded: “He is doing well. He is hopeful he will make the Euros and I hope he does. He is doing all his work here and the next two weeks will be vital for him. He has started ball work and he looks quite good.”