Arsene Wenger: 'Thomas Vermaelen out for six weeks'

Wenger: 'Vermaelen out for six weeks'
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirms that captain Thomas Vermaelen will be out for at least six more weeks with a back injury.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Thomas Vermaelen faces a further six weeks on the sidelines with a back injury.

The Gunners captain aggravated a stress fracture in his lower back on international duty with Belgium that ruled out of the club's pre-season tour of Asia last month.

He told reporters at a press conference this afternoon: "It is mostly good news because everyone is quite fit.

"During this weekend [the Emirates Cup] you will see Yaya Sanogo and Santi Cazorla. I also consider Jack Wilshere to be completely available."

"Vermaelen is out for six more weeks. [Nacho] Monreal will start training on Monday."

Arsenal continue their pre-season preparations by hosting the Emirates Cup this weekend, with games in successive days against Napoli and Galatasaray.

New Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal in action on his debut against Stoke on February 2, 2013
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