Arsene Wenger is waiting to discover if he has been robbed by injury of four midfielders following the international break, as Arsenal quartet Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky all appeared to suffer problems while representing their countries, according to the
The Premier League resumes on Saturday and the Gunners travel to Sunderland looking to build on their pre-international victory over Tottenham Hotspur and can call upon Mesut Ozil for the first time. The deadline day signing played for Germany during the international rounds and is not a fitness doubt, the same cannot be said of four of his new teammates.
Walcott was substituted in the second-half of England’s draw with Ukraine, limping off after a heavy challenge from Oleksandr Kucher, while Wilshere played the majority of the match in Kiev as well, having featured for the full 90 minutes of England’s win over Moldova days earlier. There is concern that after Wilshere’s history of injuries, the effects of two games in five days will leave him unable to turn out for his club.
Ramsey played the entire game for Wales against Serbia, captaining the side, and at one point careered off the pitch and into the advertising hoardings surrounding the touchline, while Rosicky had to be withdrawn during the Czech Republic’s defeat in Italy with a suspected thigh injury.
Wenger also has a question mark over the availability of Yaya Sanogo, who had to pull out of France Under-21s’ win over Belarus with a back injury. An absence for Sanogo would leave Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s only fit senior striker, with Lukas Podolski on the injured list for the duration after tearing his hamstring. Nicklas Bendtner has returned to Arsenal but is not thought to be match fit and Park Chu-Young is out of favour, raising the possibility Wenger could sign Ciprian Marica, a free agent after leaving Schalke in the summer.
There was more encouraging news regarding Thomas Vermaelen, however, with the Belgium international due to begin a more intensive training regime after his back injury, although the captain is still thought to be weeks away from playing.
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