There is mixed news on the injury front as Arsenal prepare to face Crystal Palace on New Years Day, with Kieran Gibbs ruled out after picking up a knee injury, however it is believed to not be too serious.
A massive blow for the Englishman who was afforded a rare Premier League start against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day and will almost certainly be replaced by Nacho Monreal.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has been given a huge boost with Shkodran Mustafi back in full training alongside Danny Welbeck, but there is no sign of Theo Walcott who will still not be available however Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejoins training this weekend ahead of the home clash.
“Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] looks like he could join in normal training on Saturday,” Wenger revealed on Arsenal.com.
“From the last game, I think we lose Kieran Gibbs. It’s not big damage to his knee but he has inflammation and I don’t think he will be available. Danny Welbeck is doing well in training, so we have plenty of options. Theo Walcott will still be short.”
“Shkodran is back in normal training and he will be back in the squad.”
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Wenger confirmed Gibbs’ injury however played down the severity of the issue:
“On Wednesday he [Gibbs] had a scan, but it just showed inflammation. Hopefully it’s a short-term injury,” Wenger added.
Largely positive news with the confirmation of the unbeaten Mustafi back in the mix, he was sorely missed in our two loses despite Gabriel acquitting himself quite well overall.
Stay tuned for the press conference coverage throughout today.