Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Preston North End.
After two games in 48 hours the cup competition gives the manager a chance to rest some players who have given a lot in recent matches, and give a chance to some fringe and youth players.
Speaking at his press conference today, the manager revealed there may be a problem with Lucas Perez, and that we’ll be without Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez amongst others.
“We might have a problem with Perez, he injured his ankle at Bournemouth so I will have to look at that,” he said.
“Coquelin is out for three or four weeks now. He has a scan today, maybe we’ll have some good news, but I count always three weeks [because of a hamstring].”
He also spoke about Mesut Ozil who missed the last two games with illness and who looks set to sit out this one as well.
“Mesut Ozil is coming in today,” he said, “he will be assessed by the doctor, but he has been in bed for two weeks but I cannot imagine he will be ready.
“I will rest Koscielny because he came off with two problems in his thigh. Of course Ospina will play, Sanchez I will rest certainly, but the rest will play.”