Team news from Arsene ahead of trip to the Hawthorns
Team news from Arsene ahead of trip to the Hawthorns

Arsene Wenger has given his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League trip to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom at lunchtime tomorrow.

Here is what he had to say in his latest team news medical bulletin ahead of the clash with the Baggies.

Team News for West Brom: “I will have to check this morning how available everybody is. Szczesny (pelvis) has not practiced yet at all. Arteta is out for sure of course and I think Sanogo (cramp) has problems as well because I had to take him off. We have a few other players that we have to check.”

Laurent Koscielny:  “He is well. If I want him to start, he will start.

Danny Welbeck: “Welbeck will have a test this morning. He has not practiced yet. I can’t tell you at the moment [if he’s okay].”

Mikel Arteta: “Arteta has now had a calf problem for the third time. It’s always a small grade one but it’s minimum two to three weeks”

Theo Walcott: “Theo is not okay for the weekend, he has an inflamed groin coming back from England and has not been available since. He will not be available for this game, nor Wednesday.”

Mathieu Debuchy: “He is about two weeks away.”

Jack Wilshere: “He’s very down – Jack is a football man who loves the game. But on the other hand, he’s a very strong character as well and he has learnt to deal with adversity at a very young age.

“He always comes out stronger and when I spoke to him, the final sprint of the season is already in his mind. He’s a very strong boy.”

“If he has no problem with his joints, he will make a massive career. I was more worried one year ago than I am today because he had two or three surgeries on his right ankle. At some stage, you could raise that question but today I am much more confident that he will [fulfil his potential].”

on the injury situation changing his transfer plans: “January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back because Koscielny is back in the squad, Debuchy will be back I think in two weeks. We have gone through a period where we are very short but we discovered as well that players have learnt their job well in the centre-back position, like Monreal and he is doing very well now. In January we will of course try to get at least one body in.”

Lukas Podolski: “I have good connections with Lukas and we talk about the situation. He faces big competition on the flanks and basically that is the consequence of him not getting the number of games that he wants. He has an outstanding attitude and he works very hard in training. Our job is just to be ready when you are needed for the club and he does that very well. I have had no enquiry about Podolski from anybody.”

on whether Martinez can challenge Szczesny: “He can challenge anybody. We have three keepers who have a battle. Ospina is now coming back, Szczesny is the No 1 and Martinez did well every time he played.”