Santi Cazorla looks set to miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash at home to Napoli next Tuesday but says he hopes to be back in time for the trip to West Bromwich Albion on 6 October.
The Spaniard has been sidelined with an ankle problem after suffering an injury in training 12 days ago but is thought to be out of a protective boot.
“I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom.”
The news on Theo Walcott is also positive after Arsene Wenger revealed last night that the England man was on his way back from Germany after a successful operation on his stomach problem.
“Walcott had surgery and it went very well. He’s coming back (from Germany) Thursday so it’s what we expected there were no complications.”
Ahead of last night’s Capital One Cup win at the Hawthorns, the boss had also spoken of the other injured parties.
“Rosicky is the first back [of the injured players], but not in time for this week. Next week we will start to speak about that. He could come back in the squad for Sunday or Monday.”
On the likes of Podolski, Chamberlain and Diaby he added: “They are doing well but they are nowhere near ready. The next one back [of those three] might be Lukas. Alex will be one and a half months more.”