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Arsene Wenger on injuries to Flamini and Welbeck and Szczesny's future


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says midfielder Mathieu Flamini could feature in this weekend's Emirates Cup but striker Danny Welbeck is ruled out.

The Englishman has not played since the end of April after suffering a knee injury and is a doubt for Arsenal's season opener at home against West Ham United.

The Gunners will also be without star player Alexis Sanchez when they host the Hammers at the Emirates with the Chilean back from holiday on August 3.

"We have everybody available who came from Asia," Wenger told reporters on Friday.

"We have no injuries. [Mathieu] Flamini has a little bit of a knock on his ankle but I will decide if I involve him or not over the weekend.

"Apart from that I hope I can give 90 minutes to every player.

"[Danny] Welbeck has not completely recovered, he is not in full training.

"He is supposed to start to go outside and run again this weekend and if that is positive in the next three weeks he will be available.

"He will be short for the start of the season in two weeks, but three weeks should be all right.

"Alexis [Sanchez] comes back on August 3. [David] Ospina comes back on Monday, and Alexis one week later."

Asked about Wojciech Szczesny's move to Roma, the Frenchman declared: "He could go on loan to Roma.

"We are pretty much done, it's down to paperwork. As long as that's not over the line, anything can happen. He is a top-class goalkeeper - we have three goalkeepers who are top.

"For one of the keepers, if he can play somewhere that would be good. I believe he will have a future at Arsenal.

"I personally rate him highly - you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20. He already has huge experience. I don't want that experience at such a young age to be wasted."

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