Arsenal have received a welcome injury boost with the both Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs likely to be involved in Wednesday night’s Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce.
The news is not so good for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wenger revealed he will be “out for a while” with a knee injury sustained in the weekends 3-1 loss at Emirates.
Both Gibbs and Sagna were big doubts after the weekend’s result, with the Englishman sustaining a deep cut to above his eye and Sagna luckily surviving a horror fall onto his neck. However if the duo are fit it will be a massive boost as the back line was slowly depleting.
The return of Nacho Monreal is also welcomed but Gibbs is almost certainly ahead of the Spaniard for Wednesday night.
Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey have also recovered from knocks, meaning Arsene Wenger’s squad is not as depleted as many thought after the Aston Villa match.
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Wenger revealed the following team news in his pre-match press conference:
[on the team news] The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem. Everybody else should make it. There’s a final decision [on Wednesday] but Sagna and Gibbs should be available.
[on if Gibbs playing with a plaster on his head] You get touched there once out of thousand. It’s just a cut. Nacho Monreal is back and will travel.
UPDATE: According to the Metro, Wenger said about the Ox: “He will be out for at least six weeks, he has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched,’ said Wenger. We don’t think it will need surgery, he is consulting tonight, but it will be at least six weeks out.”
UPDATE 2.0: The Ox has since admitted he could spend up to three months on the sidelines as once predicted:
Gutted i’m injured so early in the season. But I’m going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months.Thanks 4 all ur support