By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has hinted he will not redeploy Santi Cazorla in a wide role despite Arsenal’s growing injury crisis.
The Gunners manager has revealed that Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be sidelined for weeks with the injuries they sustained in Tuesday’s League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
With Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky already either medium term or long-term absentees, Wenger has few options to play on the right flank against Swansea on Saturday.
Asked on Thursday to identify them, Wenger said: “[Joel] Campbell and Alex Iwobi. Santi can play there as well but he has become very important centrally.
“The problem sometimes is that you can destroy two departments if you move one player out. We control the ball better with Santi in the middle.”
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday, Walcott has been ruled out for at least three weeks with a calf strain, while Wenger does not expect Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the club’s three matches before the international break – against Swansea, Bayern Munich and Tottenham.
“Nothing has changed since after the game,” explained Wenger. “They are out but the scans are today – it’s 48 hours afterwards. We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break.”
Nevertheless, sources have said that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring injury is not as serious as Walcott’s calf problem and that the midfielder has a chance of making the north London derby on Sunday week.