In addition to using his weekly press conference to unveil Mesut Ozil to the British media, the first time we’ve made such a big deal about a signing in quite some time, Arsene Wenger also gave an update on his squad’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland.
The news is both good and bad…
Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are fit to start at the Stadium of Light despite their ‘exploits’ on international duty with England. Both men were subbed off by Roy Hodgson in Ukraine, Walcott having endured a pretty horrific tackle that took his ankle out.
Further good news is that new boy Ozil, having had his first proper training session at London Colney, will also play a part.
Unfortunately, Tomas Rosicky is ruled out. The midfielder limped off during the Czech Republic’s game with Italy on Tuesday evening having caught his studs in the turf and has done damage to his thigh muscle apparently.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby remain long-term absentees and Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta are also still on the sidelines despite edging closer to their respective returns.