Wenger reveals latest team news ahead of Burnley

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Wenger reveals latest ahead of Swanea

Arsenal face Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday, and at his press conference this morning Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update.

There are a number of players making a return, but there’s no sign of Theo Walcott coming back from a calf injury which has kept him out since the 2-1 defeat to Man City in December.

“From last week Bellerin, Coquelin and Gibbs are back in the group,” he said. “They should be available to be selected for Sunday.”

Having gone off against Swansea in the 4-0 win last weekend, there was a worry over in-form striker Olivier Giroud, but the French international hasn’t suffered any serious damage thankfully

“Giroud is back in training since yesterday,” he said. “No Walcott though.”

The Arsenal manager also revealed that Per Mertesacker is a couple of weeks away from making his comeback after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.

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N11gooner
N11gooner
3 years ago

Another one of theos weird injuries

Sank
Sank
3 years ago

Theo should be ready for the Chelsea game.

We can easily manage Burnley with available squad at home.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin
3 years ago
Reply to  Sank

Let’s hope Theo comes back to face Chelsea and scores with another fall over then score routine.

Dam
Dam
3 years ago

Plzzz start that guy

Pedant
Pedant
3 years ago

Good that we have a bit more depth in midfield with Coquelin. And Bellerin very welcome to be back.

Three points please plus three more before Chelsea.

Amusa
Amusa
3 years ago

Theo isn’t even in training yet.
He is proving to be more injury prone than Jack 🙁

GunnerDareMacedonia
GunnerDareMacedonia
3 years ago
Reply to  Amusa

well i saw him in the training pictures of yesterday session. maybe I’m blind I don’t know.

Shonky
Shonky
3 years ago

Not a ‘Giroud game’ for me….Sanchez and Perez!

Rashwho
Rashwho
3 years ago
Reply to  Shonky

Its always a Giroud game he by far is our best target man.

Why not
Why not
3 years ago
Reply to  Rashwho

He has scored big goals in every game he has started or played in. Give the man some credit

Wengerism
Wengerism
3 years ago
Reply to  Shonky

Playing Giroud makes perfect sense against Burnley; this game won’t be dissimilar to the WBA game. His aerial presence and physicality will be crucial against the Burnley back 10.

clins
clins
3 years ago
Reply to  Wengerism

i think welbeck have the necessary height and physicality to be a good target man . he will never be as good as giroud ofcourse but he can be a more mobile

Szczeny's lost pack of Marlboro's
Szczeny's lost pack of Marlboro's
3 years ago
Reply to  Wengerism

Aerial presence is only useful if we actually attempt to cross the ball to him instead of playing ticy taca around their 18

clins
clins
3 years ago
Reply to  Shonky

perez defilitely deserves a chance. but im afraid he is too down in the pecking order. wenger has his preferences ofcourse but right now perez’s case eerily resembles campbells. if that is indeed thr case then its bad for him

Diarra
Diarra
3 years ago
Reply to  clins

Don’t really agree. Campbell got a lot of chances and was good to okay when played. I think the hype around him is mostly because he had a good workrate and performed better than expected (let’s be honest, nobody expected him to have any kind of impact).

Lucas has been kept on the bench by in form Walcott, Giroud, Iwobi and Alexis, and an injury earlier when he probably would have started games otherwise.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
3 years ago
Reply to  Diarra

In open play, Lucas is only now getting up to the speed of the PL game.
Plenty of games remaining for him to shine.

Make mine a Swiss miss
Make mine a Swiss miss
3 years ago

Mostly good news – I’d expect Hector and Le Coq to be straight back in. Bit harsh on Gabriel as he’s done nothing wrong but Hector will help us much more going forward against Burnley.

Santi's Smile
Santi's Smile
3 years ago

Prefer to see Xhaksey against a squad likely to sit back and defend. Ramsey pushing forward would likely be needed more than Coq’s defensive attributes.

bazza-wicks
bazza-wicks
3 years ago

just waiting on the news Theo needs a little procedure instead of an operation and then a set back blah blah blah out for the season seems to be the theme his running at, Burnley not an easy game there form is quite good more at home need an early goal to get them to come out and unpark the bus should then not have to bring Girould on for the gasp late winner he cant always pull the rabbit out the hat

Rashwho
Rashwho
3 years ago
Reply to  bazza-wicks

How about starting the basterd striker? We definitly have had problems with deep defences without him as a real presence. Giroud may not be the best finisher in Europe, but is of course our best in that position

Why not
Why not
3 years ago
Reply to  Rashwho

Actually at the moment, the numbers say he is the best finisher in europe, followed by perez i believe.

Just numbers though.

The Admiral
The Admiral
3 years ago
Reply to  bazza-wicks

RE Bazza-wicks, we are at home to Burnley and they have only amassed 1 point away from home all season in the premier league. However there home form is outstanding.

J Reihill
J Reihill
3 years ago

Id like to see a front 3 of Iwobi-Sanchez- Perez. Reckon the latter could chip in with a tidy amount of goals/assists given the chance. Giroud from the bench.

COYG
COYG
3 years ago

Hoping we see Perez and Iwobi flank Sanchez. Ox and DFW to come on once we are 3-0 up.

Shkodran Goals
Shkodran Goals
3 years ago

The audio… Hahaha… nice one, Arsene.

janine
janine
3 years ago

We need 11 fit players to play on sunday and win, we need to keep up pressure on chelsea , they av fallen a few times lets get on them .

santori
santori
3 years ago

Great news that Coquerlin is back in. That midfield was looking a shade too spartan.

Also good news on Gibbs and Bellerin.

Plenty of options to rotate efficiently with now.

Dawn
Dawn
3 years ago

Giroud should always start when he is 100%.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Could Lucas potentially get a start or will Wenger opt for Chmberlin or Ramsey at RM?

Diarra
Diarra
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Iwobi and Alexis on the wings probably

Arsene Line Up Predictor
Arsene Line Up Predictor
3 years ago

Potential Line up vs Burnley:

Cech
Bellerin Mustafi Koscienly Monreal
Ramsey Xhaka
Iwobi Ozil Sanchez
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chamberlain, Coquelin, Welbeck, Perez. 4-0 to Arsenal, Alexis to score a brace.