Although Arsenal are not playing Reading until Monday night, Arsene Wenger has given an early injury update after the diabolical game at Bradford earlier this week.Although Wenger put out a very strong team that night there were a few players unavailable like Andre Santos, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny.
Wenger made absolutely no mention of Santos, but it looks like we won’t have to suffer watching Gervinho pretend to be a centre-forward this week as Giroud is set to return. Wenger wasn’t too sure about the others coming back except for Koscielny.
Wenger said yesterday: “It’s difficult because some players are still not practising so I can still not tell you exactly who will be available on Monday. Koscielny should come into the training group today, with Walcott we don’t know but Giroud is back.
Arsene was also asked if we could soon see the much-needed Abou Diaby return to the squad, but he replied point-blank: “Over Christmas? Certainly not!”
“He has slow progress. I cannot give you any fixed date because we are a bit in no man’s land on that front. He is working. We are waiting for him to come back but he is not ready.”
Other than Diaby the only other real long-term injury is Lukasz Fabianski who won’t be seen for a while. One player that hasn’t been seen or heard of for a long time is Johan Djourou so I think we can assume he will be leaving us in January, probably to Juventus….