Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck will be back in the first-team squad in three weeks, while the Arsenal boss revealed his shock at Tomas Rosicky’s injury.
Rosicky injured his thigh in the FA Cup win over Burnley on Saturday – his first game for seven months, but scans have revealed the injury is worse than first thought and the 35-year-old has also picked up an upper leg injury.
“We lost Rosicky, but everything else is normal,” said Wenger.
“It is a muscular injury but the good news that we have is that apparently he will not need surgery, it is the partial rupture of his tendon.
“How long does it take? Two months, three months, we don’t know.
“We are all of course shocked and he is the most shocked, we have to be patient and hope it was not his last game.
“I don’t want to be dramatic.
“Because he suffers enough at the moment, I want to be in a more supportive attitude than be dramatic.”
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Wenger also revealed that striker Welbeck is closing in on a return to action after 10 months out with a knee injury.
“Welbeck will play for the U21s. He needs to play two or three games before coming back to the first team. He has been out for 10 months.
“In the next three weeks he should be available,” said Wenger, who was also quizzed about Arsenal’s current form.
Tuesday’s goalless draw with Southampton at The Emirates was Arsenal’s fourth Premier League game without a win after draws with Liverpool and Stoke and a defeat to Chelsea.
“We have to look at the facts. We haven’t won for four games. We want to come back to winning.
“We shouldn’t be alarmed. The quality of our performances were there.
“Before looking at others look at yourself, come back and win the next game,” said Wenger.
The Arsenal boss also admitted that this season’s Premier League is as wide open as ever and believes there are as many as six teams in the shake-up to win the title.
“Five or six,” said Wenger when asked how many sides were chasing the Premier League title, while also agreeing that sixth-placed West Ham are also in the hunt.
“Mathematically, yes,” added Wenger.