Arsenal duo to miss West Brom trip

Theo Walcott, ArsenalArsenal will have to do without Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott for the clash with West Brom but Nacho Monreal will be available.

The Gunners are reluctant to rush Wilshere’s recovery from an ankle injury for fear he could do serious damage to the joint if pushed too soon.

Walcott was expected to be fit for the game at the Hawthorns after missing last week’s win over Reading but assistant manager Steve Bould says he doesn’t expect either him or Wilshere to be ready for Saturday.

“We have good news with both of them. Jack and Theo are outside running, and have an outside chance of being involved against Norwich a week on Saturday,” said Bould.

There was better news on Monreal after the Spanish defender’s collision with a post during last week’s game with the Royals, with Bould stating he has been given the all clear to play.

“Nacho has recovered well from his knee problem from the impact of the post and has trained the last couple of days so is available for the weekend,” added the former Gunners defender.

Arsenal’s only long-term absentee is Abou Diaby, otherwise Arsene Wenger has a near fully-fit squad to choose from as they look for the win against West Brom which would lift them into the top four.

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