Arsenal injury update: Djourou, Diaby, Walcott, Mertesacker

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Arsène Wenger has given the latest team news ahead of our last home game of the 2011/12 Premier League season against Norwich.

Johan Djourou is back in the squad (I didn’t know that he was ever injured…) after recovering from a foot injury, but the big surprise is that Abou Diaby has been ruled out for the last two games of the season with a calf problem. I am not even sure if Abou has completed more than 90 minutes of first-team football in total since August, which is very frustrating.

When he is fit, Diaby is a fantastic player and more than deserves his place in the Arsenal squad. However, we have to ask ourselves whether it is time to cut our losses; some players are just very injury prone.

Other news from Wenger is that Theo Walcott could be back for next weekend’s away trip to West Brom, while Per Mertesacker’s recovery is going to plan. Mertesacker could feature for Germany at the Euro’s next month if there aren’t any further injury setbacks.

Latest team news:

“Basically there are no changes from the team at the weekend. We have small bumps and bruises from our last game at Stoke but everybody who started should be available again.”

Johan Djourou

“He should be back after his foot injury.”

Abou Diaby

“He is out. He has a calf problem. He will probably be out for the two games we have left.”

Theo Walcott

“If all goes well he is back in normal training on Thursday or Friday. Then we have to assess the risk of a setback, so we will see. If all goes well he could be back for the next weekend.”

Per Mertesacker

“He is doing well. Considering his shape and the fact he has six weeks to go, he should be available for Germany [at Euro 2012].”

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