Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update as we prepare to face Man City on Sunday.
The Gunners have won just one of their last five Premier League games, and now face a real battle to make the Champions League places this season.
Some of the players have been away on international duty, and ruled out of the the game are Petr Cech – who picked up a calf problem against West Brom two weeks ago – and Lucas Perez.
On the Spaniard, Wenger confirmed it was a ‘thigh problem’, and asked when Cech might be back in action, he said, “He could miss Wednesday against West Ham, but should be available for next weekend.
Asked about Alexis Sanchez, who played twice for Chile after suffering an ankle injury at The Hawthorns, he confirmed there had been no ligament damage.
“We got a message from him,” he said, “it was just a kick and when the swelling went down he could play normally.”
And there was some bad, but not particularly surprising news, regarding Santi Cazorla. Asked if there was any update, Wenger said, “Unfortunately no, it looks like the season is over for him.”
Everyone else appears to be all right, so the manager has some selection decisions for the weekend, and confirmed that Mesut Ozil is back in contention to start against City.