Arsene Wenger has announced the latest team news ahead of our trip to Middlesbrough on Monday evening.
After an atrocious result at Palace in the midweek, Arsenal desperately need to take three points at the Riverside. As it stands we’re seven points off 4th place, and while Boro are second bottom of the table it’s hard to feel confident of getting a win.
The team have at least received a boost in that two key players could return for the match. Arsene said: “We have the chance to get Petr Cech back in the squad, and Koscielny is joining in today. If the tests are positive they will come back in the squad for Monday’s game.”
Asked to estimate the chances of Cech and Koscielny actually featuring in the game, Arsene said “80%… but sometimes the 20% can play a villain part in the final preparations.” That’s a classic Arsene Wenger soundbite if ever there was one, but a potential return for either man can only be a good thing.
However, Wenger also confirmed that David Ospina and Lucas Perez are still out. The former was injured in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on 2 April, while the latter has a thigh problem.