Vermaelen provides defensive boost


Thomas Vermaelen is in contention for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Blackburn, handing Arsene Wenger a timely boost as the Gunners head into a crucial period of the season.

With Andre Santos loaned to Gremio and new boy Nacho Monreal inelgible for the Champions League, Vermaelen is the next best option for the left back spot, but the skipper has been struggling with an ankle injury.

However, he confirmed on an Arsenal Twitter takeover today that he’s been in full training and feeling good, while Arsene Wenger told the official site, “He is looking quite good and is possibly back for Saturday. He should be in the squad.”

The boss also confirmed that Laurent Koscielny is still struggling with a calf problem and would undergo tests, like Jack Wilshere.

“Jack is looking better. He is still a doubt for Saturday. He’s got a kick on the thigh. We have two short-term problems, with Koscielny and Wilshere, while Gibbs is out. That is it.”

It’s probably going to be a risk-free environment on Saturday with the Champions League coming so soon, so Arseblog News wouldn’t put too much money on either of them being available for Blackburn, but you’d like to think we have enough to beat the Championship side without them

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