Arsenal injury news: Mikel Arteta out; Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud boost

Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud are ahead of schedule in their race for fitness.

Arsenal take on Swansea City on Sunday, looking to banish the memory of throwing away a 3-0 lead at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League this week.

Another alarming factor from that game was the injury to Mikel Arteta, which looked serious. Arsene Wenger has now confirmed in his weekly fitness update that Arteta joins the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina in the treatment rooms at Arsenal with a hamstring problem.

He said on the subject of his club captain:

"Arteta will be out for Sunday. He has a mild hamstring strain and he will be out for a short period because it's a grade one. He should be back after the internationals."

So it does not appear to be too serious, however he will be missing at the weekend.

But when discussing other injury news, he seemed to have positive updates all around. Jack Wislhere, who has not been very well this week, should return v Swansea. Then there is French duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. Both were rumoured to be out potentially until 2015 - Giroud with a broken bone in his ankle and Koscielny with Achilles tendinitis.

But it seems both will be back sooner rather than later.

Wenger told

"[Olivier] Giroud joins in training next week. Jack [Wilshere] is alright, he is back in the squad for Sunday. [Mathieu] Debuchy, [David] Ospina and [Mesut] Ozil are progressing very well, but of course they are not available before or straight after the international break. [Laurent] Koscielny has a little chance to be back after the international break."

Arsenal desperately need Koscielny back in the defence. Limited resources have seen them struggle recently, in particular on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Danny Welbeck is starting to tire. Giroud's return will be a welcome relief to Arsenal - as they can rotate strikers for the first time in a long time.

So all in all, quite positive news from the Arsenal medical department ahead of the weekend tie with Swansea City.

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