Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley and it’s not good news for Gunners fans (via Arsenal.com).
Matchday: Team News – Player Ratings – Match Highlights
Match: Arsenal v Chelsea
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Sat 27 May 17:30
Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday with both sides looking to secure the final piece of domestic silverware this season.
The Gunners will be looking to end the season on a high after the disastrous final day of the season but they could face some problems defensively.
“Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks,” Arsene Wenger said in his pre-match press conference, “We had a scare about his cruciate, but it’s only a knee ligament, so the positive is that he avoids surgery.
“He’s out until the beginning of August now, certainly.”
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The Gunners could also be without Shkodran Mustafi who has missed the last couple of matches.
“Mustafi, we still have some worries about. He’s still sick at the moment and has not trained yet.”
When asked if the German could play at Wembley, he replied: “I don’t know. I have to listen to medical people.”
Onto more positive news and the boss confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez should be okay for the match. Wenger was asked if Alexis could start and the Frenchman seemed confident.
“We’ll see. He needs to go through some tests at the moment and we’ll see how well he comes out of that.
“Knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment to the club, which I don’t question at all, he’ll make absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.”
Let’s hope he does because Alexis Sanchez will be absolutely crucial to the Gunners’ chances on Saturday. It’s a big ask for Arsenal to beat the champions, Chelsea, especially considering the defensive problems Arsene Wenger is having to deal with. It’s been a tough few months for Arsenal but victory at Wembley would certainly repair some of the damage.