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Arsene Wenger: Injury update on Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says strikers Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry will be back in squad next week but will miss Sunday's game against Chelsea.

The England international is yet to feature for the Gunners but will be an important element for the manager ahead of the busy winter schedule.

"Compared to midweek, the only player who might be back for us in the squad is Nacho Monreal," Wenger explained on Friday morning.

"As for everybody else, there is no major change.

"They [Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry] come back next week to the full squad for training - but they are too short for Sunday of course."

Striker Lukas Podolski is reported to be unsettled with the Gunners but the Frenchman rubbished rumours linking the German with a move away from Arsenal during next January's transfer window.

"It is quite simple - there is no transfer market at the moment," said Wenger.

"When there is no transfer market, you are all on board or not on board. It is like that.

"This is a job where you can only be successful if you're fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all.

"We are all on board to have a result on Sunday and Podolski will be part of that."

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