Flamini hands Arsenal boost but trio likely to miss United clash

A round up of key team news and injury stories relating to Arsenal players ahead of their Premier League trip to Old Trafford.

Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that Frenchman Mathieu Flamini is likely to be available for the trip to Manchester United.

“I am quite confident he will be fully available. Wilshere will join in as well, so we will see how they are after the session today,” said Wenger.

Flamini has been missing with a groin problem that he picked up against Crystal Palace while Wilshere missed the Liverpool game last weekend and the mid-week win at Borussia Dortmund with an ankle problem.

The problem Flamini’s return creates for Wenger is whether to slot him straight back into the side or whether to stick with Mikel Arteta who was superb against Dortmund in the Champions League.

Wenger has also confirmed that wide man Theo Walcott is unlikely to be available for the United match, with a return date likely to come after the imminent international break.

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There is no fresh news with regards to Lukas Podolski with Wenger not commenting on the German wide man and strike in his press conference yesterday. Podolski has returned to training but it’s unclear whether he will feature until after the international break as well.

Some reports have suggested Podolski won’t return until December.

A definite long term absentee is midfielder Abou Diaby, who will not be available until at least March following key hole surgery on a knee problem.

“He had a little key hole surgery again, on the knee because his knee blew up every time he did something so it is now six months after the cruciate. He could not even jog yet, so with new surgery it is a set back for him so competitive football cannot be played before March,” said Wenger earlier this week.

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