Arsène Wenger has given the latest Arsenal team news ahead of the final game of the season against West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
Theo Walcott is set to have a late fitness test and may be back in the squad, but Park Chu Young, Sebastian Squillaci and Andre Santos are all doubtful. I don’t really understand why Wenger felt the need to tell us about either Park and Squillaci. The duo struggle to get onto the substitutes bench, let alone actually feature in any of our matches, so the fact that they may be missing on the weekend is pretty insignificant.
The big news is that Bacary Sagna is undergoing surgery for a broken fibula and will be out of action for several months. We will obviously know more after the surgery, and Wenger will no doubt keep us up to date with his injury rehabilitation over the summer.
“He will have a test [on his hamstring]. I don’t know yet if he will be included in the squad or not. It is possible.”
General Team News:
“We have little doubts about Park, Squillaci and Santos but they should all be ready.”
“He will have surgery tonight. It is a straight broken fibula. We expect him to be out for a few months but let’s see how surgery goes tonight.”
Having Walcott back for the last game of the season could be a big boost. Despite his many critics this season, I feel that Theo (almost) always has a lot to offer and it will be good to have him in the team on Sunday. The player that we miss the most is Mikel Arteta, but there is no chance that he will feature in the last game of the season. Our midfield is lacking a bit in depth with other injuries to Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere, so we better hope that Aaron Ramsey does a good job alongside Tomas Rosicky and Alex Song. The fact that Robin van Persie has stayed fit enough to feature in every single one of our Premier League games this season is an absolute miracle.