Arsenal team news v West Brom: Midfielder and strikers join Gunners’ lengthy injury list

first_img Yaya Sanogo could miss this weekend’s clash with West Brom 1 Arsenal may have been buoyed by their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but for the Gunners the real test will be transferring that positivity into their league form.Defeat to Manchester United last time out leaves the north London club in eighth spot, but they could give their top four hopes a huge boost with a win against West Brom this weekend.Injuries have been the word on most fans’ lips this season, and that looks to continue following reports that both Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo will miss the trip to the Hawthorns with respective knocks.Welbeck was absent for the midweek European triumph, with Wenger confirming that he will undergo a last minute fitness test, while goal hero Sanogo limped off with a complaint.The pair will join Jack Wilshere on the sidelines, after it was confirmed that the midfielder will miss three months, having undergone yet another ankle surgery.Also ruled out is Mikel Arteta. Wenger confirmed that the Gunners’ skipper has suffered a third calf problem that will see him miss the next fortnight.Fans hoping to see Theo Walcott return to action will be disappointed, with Wenger commenting that the England man will miss both the weekend’s clash and Arsenal’s midweek fixture at home to Southampton with an inflamed groin.It is not all doom and gloom for Arsenal though, with Laurent Koscielny tipped to make his first start in seven weeks, following a bout of tendinitis in his knee, while Olivier Giroud should be ready to lead the Gunners’ attack line.The Frenchman marked his return with a rasping goal against Man United last weekend, and should be fresh having been omitted from Arsenal’s Champions League squad.Wojciech Szczesny could also make a surprise return, despite sustaining a pelvis injury.last_img read more