Phew, Arsenal fans, the international games are over for another month at least and at least the last few games passed off without any more Arsenal players getting injured. A good job really because we were already having a bit of a nightmare, with no less than four Gunners suffering an injury problem of one kind or another.
Fortunately for us, it looks like two of those, Danny Welbeck and Laurent Koscielny, are not as bad as first feared and should be able to face Hull City at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. The England striker rolled an ankle but is supposed to train as normal today, while the French defender was sent home more as a precaution because of tendonitis in his ankles but hopefully he will be available to Arsene Wenger, if not for Saturday then for the midweek Champions League trip to face Anderlecht.
Things are not looking so good for Mesut Ozil and Tomas Rosicky, though, with both facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and leaving Arsenal a bit short in the creative midfield area. But we do have Jack Wilshere, who excelled in both of England’s games, while Santi Cazorla will be fit and fresh after only playing around 10 minutes for Spain.
Wojciech Szczesny, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez all came through their international duties unscathed and some have gained valuable experience and playing time. Alexis, however, played in Chile and the game did not finish until the early hours of this morning, so with a flight time of over 14 hours, the earliest he could arrive back in London is this evening but is more likely to be tonight or tomorrow morning. Hopefully that will not affect his ability to start against Hull.