Extra: Wenger on Ox, Walcott, injuries

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Saturday's trip to Swansea City. This is what he said:

on Walcott and Ox…
Both are out for Saturday’s game and until at least after the international break so they are out as well for England. I believe the quickest back will be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott might be a fraction longer.

on why the injuries happen…
That is always a question we have to answer when we have injuries. We have to analyse every single case and every single exercise and I think you have to not over-analyse when players are injured. When a player is injured, they are injured, this has always happened. We have not too many muscular injuries but it is post-international games when we get all these injuries so is it linked with that? I don’t know.

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on the other team news…
We have two kind of injuries - the injuries who will be coming back after Christmas, which is Rosicky, Wilshere and Welbeck. [Then] we have the short-term injuries. Most of them like Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain should be back after the international break.

on Raymond Verheijen's comments…
I trust my medical staff to do well and my coaching staff to do the fitness planning very well. I can only invite you one day to see what work is done behind and we have some players who are more injury prone than others , but we are very well organised on that front.

on it being too easy to say injuries are down to training methods…
It is easy, yes. We have players every year who play 50 games and some who play less games because they are more injury prone.

on the red zone…
Sometimes you know ideally that you have to rest a player because he has given a lot, but if he has played extremely well in the game before and you have won and the player says he feels perfectly alright, it is difficult to say 'you don’t play'.

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