The Gunners may have some more options for the upcoming fixture against QPR with first teamers Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere possible inclusions in the squad.
Otherwise there aren’t too many changes from the side that faced Schalke with Kieran Gibbs unavailable and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a 60-40 chance of selection after his recent hip knock.
Arsene Wenger revealed the follow team news and his thoughts on the Wilshere conundrum:
[on the latest updates] There could be some players coming back, like Sagna. Wilshere I have to consider. We’ll make a decision [on Friday], if I put him in the squad or not. That’s basically it. Kieran Gibbs is still not ready. All the other players are still not ready.
[on Oxlade-Chamberlain] He has a chance [of playing]. He is 60-40 for playing, positive. Of course it is a boost. It will be vital as [on Wednesday] some players finished very tired.
[on Wilshere] What I am considering is that he wants to play, it is an important game, but we want the players to be ready physically and he has not played for 14 months.
It was planned for him to play next week at Reading and also we consider how the squad are physically and mentally. Physically Jack is at 80 to 85 per cent.
The Gunners may require some flair from Wilshere against QPR it they fail to create chances from the midfield. He has taken a more attacking role with the U21 side so hopefully he can inspire a recently faltering Arsenal front line if Ramsey and Cazorla fails to fire.
Hopefully he won’t be required though as like Wenger said if he is not ready 100% physically for tough challenges and an intense atmosphere then he could suffer another injury. A more suitable match will be the Reading fixture in midweek in the Capital One Cup.
As for Sagna, his experience will be of great help to the Gunners defence that have made a few mistakes of late. On attack, like Jenkinson, he is solid and always a threat. Wenger may actually start the Frenchman with Jenkinson perhaps requiring some rest, but with the youngster performing well this season it can go either way.
Lastly the return of Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a huge boost and inject some fresh legs into the tired attack. Hopefully the Englishman will be fit and will tear Rangers to pieces!!