More bad news for the Gunners as it looks likely we will only have one fit centre back this weekend as Laurent Koscielny is struggling with a calf injury and Nacho Monreal will not be available.
Calum Chambers is suspended also after his red last weekend but luckily Mathieu Debuchy is back in the mix.
Elsewhere the major doubt is Aaron Ramsey who was withdrawn at halftime against Gatatasaray complaining of a tight hamstring. The Welshman has looked promising of late and will be a big miss considering our slowly depleting midfield options.
Theo Walcott, who faced an outside chance of playing this Saturday against Newcastle, is deemed unavailable as is Mikel Arteta.
Wenger also provided an update on Jack Wilshere who is recovering well contrary to some ill-informed reports.
This is what the Frenchman had to say on Arsenal’s official website:
Our main problems are still defensively because Laurent Koscielny (calf from Southampton match) looks like he will not be quite ready, Nacho Monreal (foot) is not back and Calum Chambers is suspended. Mikel Arteta (calf) is not ready and Theo Walcott (groin) is out. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will be checked today and tomorrow, so we’ll see.
[on Theo Walcott] The signs are quite good. He has had two days of training now but he now lacks competition and fitness to come back to a good level.
[on reports of Jack Wilshere having a setback] That’s completely wrong. He’s doing very well. He’s on crutches so I don’t see how he can have a setback. It’s frustrating because it’s hard enough for Jack to be injured. He doesn’t need the negative news on top of that. It’s always frustrating to deny things that are not true.
Predicted lineup to follow..