Wenger explains why Walcott won't be involved against Sunderland

Arsene Wenger Looks On

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave updates on player fitness at his pre-maych press conference ahead of the Sunderland game.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that he has a full squad to choose from with no fresh major injury concerns.

The boss also confirmed Theo Walcott will be involved next week, as the winger completes his return from injury.

"Wilshere is suspended tomorrow but everyone is available. Walcott will be involved next week," said the boss.

"He (Walcott) has to get used to contact again. It takes time to get used to being kicked again."

"After seeing what he has gone through over the last nine months you respect him more."

Wenger also highlighted the area where he wants his team to improve, as he questioned how efficient the Gunners have been up front and in defence.

"Until now we have been consistent with our performances but not efficient enough defensively or offensively."

Wenger suggested that the problems and inconsistency that Arsenal have faced in recent times are related to the team's confidence.

"We train very hard. The spirit is right and the attitude is there. It's more linked with confidence at the moment."

"We improve by getting everyone to put more effort into the defensive work. The defence need to get used to playing together."

Wenger was quick to cite Abou Diaby as the prime example, revealing that the midfielder is the first person into training every day.

"When you come in every morning he is already in the gym. You cannot fault his attitude. You have to admire him."

Kieran Gibbs also received praise from the manager for the way he's fought to become Arsenal's first choice left-back.

"He is consistent and he is more determined in the fights and more confident on the ball."

The boss also revealed his was wary over how hard Sunderland would try to defend having conceded eight goals in the game against Suthampton last weekend.

"The danger is that they now focus very hard on defending and that we get very few openings."

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