Wenger also revealed that he is hoping for a quick turn around with injuries to cover in defence rather than loaning a player after failing to find a suitable candidate.
on the team news:
Djourou’s suspension is over so he is back. Apart from that, nobody is coming back from injury. We have the same squad available apart from Marouane Chamakh, who has gone to the African Cup of Nations and Gervinho as well. Robin van Persie is back in the squad and so is Thierry Henry.
on Francis Coquelin:
He is out of three weeks. He will miss Sunday and Manchester United. There is possibility he will be back for the game after.
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on Thomas Vermealen:
We have a big hope that he will be back for Manchester United.
on Rosicky and Mertesacker:
They were sick. They have still not joined the squad and I will make a decision on them tomorrow.
on loaning a defender:
A player who plays anywhere in the world at the moment will not be available on loan, it doesn’t exist
It can only be a guy who doesn’t play or a promising player who has not yet made it completely who you could take advantage of.
on Jenkinson’s injury:
With Carl Jenkinson we had very good news on his scan and he is starting to practice again, we have Thomas Vermaelen who is the first to come back, Bacary Sagna is evolving well and Santos is doing well too. Let’s hope they all come back quickly.
This is certainly positive news in regards to injured players recovering, however there is every chance that Jenkinson and Gibbs will suffer some sort of setback when returning.
Wenger should have brought in Wayne Bridge on January 1st to train for a couple of weeks then he would now be ready to play. Vermaelen MAY return for the United fixture, but if he doesn’t our backline may get demolished again.