The Gunners defence is once again suffering heavily from injuries with Bacary Sagna looking like he will join compatriot Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines after picking up an ankle knock against Everton.
The status of the inform Theo Walcott is still unknown, however no news is good news in his case. Sagna suffered his knock after clearing the ball, however the series of hard challenges would have done little to mend his ankle during the feisty fixture at Goodison Park. The Frenchman will be replaced by Carl Jenkinson.
Arsene Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of this weekends fixture against the Welsh outfit:
[on the latest developments] From Wednesday night there are lots of bumps and bruises as you might expect but one serious doubt is Bacary Sagna with his foot.
[on Sagna’s injury] He got a knock at the start of the game when he cleared a ball. It is inflamed and he is a big doubt.
[on those bumps and bruises] Everyone else should recover
[on Koscielny] It is a muscular problem, a thigh problem. That is normally three weeks.
Sagna’s absence will probably not be vital after his mixed performance in midweek, and with the Frenchman only returning to full fitness in recent weeks it will be beneficial for him to receive some rest. Jenkinson has shown he is capable of stepping up to the plate.
Elsewhere the midfield seems like it will be unchanged, however Rosicky could prove an interesting option to Cazrola who seems a bit fatigued, but the Czech requires more match fitness. If things don’t go Arsenal’s way again this weekend, Wenger needs to shake up the midfield during the tie.
Podolski’s mysterious ‘illness’ should clear by the weekend as it was deemed not serious, which will enable him to partner Walcott out wide. Ramsey will then hopefully be benched. The Welshman still lacks that bit of finesse that convinced Wenger to buy him as a youngster, but his performances are improving and his one-two with Walcott against Everton was sharp.
The Gunners must get back to winning ways after a series of draws in recent matches, and a full bodied performance at the Emirates will be just what the doctored ordered.