Arsenal will be without a number of key players for their trip to Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon but will be buoyed by the return of a few as well.

Francis Coquelin, whom we know will be missing for the next three months, at least, will not need surgery according to Arsene Wenger. While that is good news, it’s hard not to be more than a little concerned as this is the sort of thing that happened with Danny Welbeck. Initially the club did not feel he needed surgery, then his knee problem refused to heal resulting in surgery and an even longer spell on the sidelines.

Mikel Arteta will be out ‘short term’ however it’s not clear what that means. Short term compared to a normal Arsenal injury? Or short term in the way normal people mean it?

Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain should be back in the squad after recovering from his muscle injury while Aaron Ramsey will be looking to start the game after coming back as a sub on Tuesday night.

Theo should be back with us next week for the game against Sunderland unless his leg falls off during training.

Don’t laugh, you know it’s a possibility.