Arsenal latest: Including Victor Valdes and Nicolas N'Koulou

Victor Valdes

All the latest news from the past 24 hours at The Emirates

Arsenal will be without both Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott for the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend; it has been confirmed today.

The England duo both had an outside chance of featuring in the game after showing good progress in their returns from ankle and groin injuries respectively but they are now not expected to return until the Norwich City game.

Other than those injuries Arsene Wenger has no new injury concerns. Abou Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi are long-term absentees while Nacho Monreal has recovered from a collision with the goalpost against Reading to be fit for the game at The Hawthorns.

Arsene Wenger has moved to dismiss the idea that Theo Walcott may have taken it easy since signing his new contract with the club. Walcott has struggled to find his best form since signing the deal. He also insisted that Theo would return this season and play a major role in the Champions League push.

David Seaman has expressed his doubts over the long term retention of the number one spot for Wojciech Szczesny. The club legend said he struggled to see the Pole usurping his countryman Lukasz Fabianski before the end of the season and while he admitted the likes of Jens Lehmann have come back from similar situations he also stated that the German was a ‘quality keeper’.

Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou has let potential suitors know of his desire to leave the club this summer; if anyone can match the asking price being quoted by the Ligue 1 side.

Arsenal are one team reportedly interested with Premier League rivals Spurs and Liverpool also said to be keen on the Cameroonian international.

Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has put Arsenal on red alert by admitting that he would relish playing in the Premier League. He was speaking to FourFourTwo and spoke of his admiration for the English fans, style of play and his desire to travel.

With Wojciech Szczesny out of favour and Lukasz Fabianski out of contract at the end of the season he could be the perfect addition to the squad.

Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a little dig at Arsenal after insisting that the dip in Robin Van Persie’s current form is due to him being not used to the demands of a title chasing season. Fergie suggested it was only natural for the Dutchman to struggle with a different intensity.

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