Arsenal pre-season fitness report

Arsene Wenger today gave details about the fitness levels of a number of Arsenal players.  Speaking to Arsenal player about Abou Diaby who only managed a handful of games last season, Wenger said:

“He is fit, raring to go and will be on the tour. That is fantastic news for him and us.”

With regards to Bacary Sagna who suffered a second broken leg in May, Wenger said he was recovering well, stating:

“He is doing very well. There are no problems there. But it will be the end of August for him.”

Jack Wilshere, who missed the entire season was recently reported to have begin running again however he is likely to miss the first few months of the season. Wenger said:

“It is impossible to set a concrete deadline at the moment. But it is all OK. He is as quick as we expected him to be. His ankle is good and his knee is good. There is no set-back. It difficult to say ‘it will be this week in September or October’ when he is back in training. He has been out for a year and I don’t want to put any pressure on him.”

Tomas Rosicky, who picked up an injury during the Euro’s will also miss the start of the season.

“It will be six to eight weeks until he is back in training. It was his [plantaris tendon], it was done at the Euros.”

Lukas Fabianski who missed Euro 2012 with a shoulder injury is also fit for the start of the season while Emmanuel Frimong, who is currently recovering from his second serious knee injury is well on the road to recovery.  Wenger said:

“Emmanuel is doing very well. It will be the end of September or perhaps into October for him.”

Arsenal finished last season in second place in the Injury League.


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