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Arsene Wenger: Injury update on Wilshere, Walcott, Gibbs and Giroud


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his players should not underestimate bottom-of-the-table Burnley when the two teams face on Saturday.

With no wins in the English Premier League so far, the Clarets are not expected to cause any major upsets at the Emirates but the Frenchman believes Sean Dyche's side is much better than what the table shows.

"They are better than their points would suggest, that's what the stats show," Wenger said on Friday.

"They have been punished in some games because they couldn't take their chances.

"It is important that we are highly focused and expect to play against a strong team, because they are.

"[Sean Dyche] has done a great job because nobody expected Burnley to be in the Premier League this year. Overall I think his style of play is positive.

"They create chances if you look at the stats and the consistency of what he has achieved is remarkable.

"I always believe that quality is linked with consistency and on that front he has taken the maximum out of the potential of his team. That is a sign of quality for a manager."

Asked to give an update on injured players, Wenger said: "With the long-term injuries nobody is back. We have a slight problem with [Jack] Wilshere. Will he be available [on Saturday] or not? I will see today.

"[Kieran] Gibbs as well has a test, but I am quite positive about him.

"About Wilshere I don't think he will be available, [it's] very, very short-term. He got a kick on his knee. I don't know if Tuesday will be too early or not, at the moment he doesn't practice, but certainly Swansea, yes.

"[Olivier Giroud] is doing very well. He's three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.

"Theo Walcott is not ready yet. He has been out for too long to start. If I can give him some competition I am happy to do it.

"He is eager to play but that is always the period when the patience of a player is tested. They feel ready and they want to play and usually it is only later that they realise they were not completely ready.

"I know Theo well and he is a very intelligent player. He knows as well that he is not completely there yet."

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