Lukas Podolski will return to Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s match with Swansea, although Bacary Sagna is a big doubt following a knock picked up in the 1-1 draw against Everton.
German site KSTE.de, carrying a quote from an official at the Emirates, reports that the 27-year-old has recovered from the illness which prevented him from travelling to Merseyside on Wednesday and will most likely return to the starting line-up in his usual role on the left side of the attack.
The news on Sagna is not so positive with boss Arsene Wenger telling Arsenal Player:
“From Wednesday night there are lots of bumps and bruises as you might expect but one serious doubt is Bacary Sagna with his foot.
“He got a knock at the start of the game when he cleared a ball. It is inflamed and he is a big doubt.”
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s draw Wenger immediately ruled Koscielny out for three weeks after he limped off inside three minutes. Reaffirming his initial prognosis, he stated: “It is a muscular problem, a thigh problem. That is normally three weeks.”
All being well Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will line-up in the centre of defence with Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson the most likely duo on the flanks.
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