Arsene Wenger has resisted the temptation to bring Per Mertesacker back into the squad early ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Besiktas tomorrow night.
Laurent Koscielny was passed fit this morning so the manager has given the German more time to recover from his World Cup stint.
However, Kieran Gibbs remains in London to receive treatment on a hamstring injury, while Yaya Sanogo is also suffering from a hamstring strain.
Wenger expects Gibbs to be absent for two to three weeks which leaves the Gunners short of defensive options, as we all know.
Young Spaniard Hector Bellerin has travelled with the squad to provide cover.