Wenger provides update on injured Arsenal stars

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2015 10:42

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Hector Bellerin is fit to return for Arsenal against West Brom this weekend, with Theo Walcott “one or two weeks” off making his comeback.

Bellerin missed Arsenal’s last two games before the international break with a groin injury but is in contention to feature at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Walcott is also stepping up his rehabilitation but is not expected back for “one or two weeks”, again leaving Arsenal short on the right wing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey also still on the sidelines.

“Hector Bellerin is available again, but I believe Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain should not be available,” Wenger said.

“There are of course some longer term injuries. Walcott is still one to two weeks away, and then we have Rosicky, Welbeck and Wilshere coming later.”

Another player that will not feature for Arsenal is Laurent Koscielny, who Wenger says is not mentally right to play following the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.

“I will not play him, you have to trust the player,” Wenger said.

“[In France’s friendly against England] you could see he was not himself and it affected him deeply.”

Wenger also played down reports that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on the verge of signing new contracts at Emirates Stadium.

“We have some time. We are not in a hurry. We want of course for them to stay in the club,” Wenger added.

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