Arsenal look set to face Stoke City without a recognized left back with both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs doubts for the weekend’s fixture.
There is some good news however with Thomas Vermaelen returning to fitness and is back in the squad, however Wenger has yet to decide whether he will start the Gunners captain who has been out injured for a lengthy period.
Mesut Ozil has also recovered from his “dead leg” sustained against Bayern Munich and is set to be included in the squad after sitting out last weekends win over Sunderland.
Arsene Wenger revealed the following team news at his pre match press conference:
[on the team news] We have uncertainties about Monreal who had to come off last week with a foot injury, and about Gibbs. Vermaelen is back in the squad, Ozil is back in the squad. Both are available.
[on Vermaelen covering the left back position] If needed Thomas can play there, it’s not his preferred position and he has been out for a long time now but we’ll see. I still have 48 hours to make a decision.
Predicted lineup to follow…