Doubts over Koscielny and Sanchez: Wenger reveals team news ahead of Sunderland clash

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After three fantastic wins in seven days, culminating in that very enjoyable 4-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, Arsenal now face more mundane opposition as they prepare to face relegated Sunderland at home on Tuesday night.

David Moyes side have been poor all season, but any lack of focus from the Gunners could prove costly against a side with nothing to lose.

Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger provided the latest team news update, and there’s mixed news regarding Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez.

“We have a problem with Koscielny from Stoke,” he said. “He has a recurrence of his calf problem that kept him out last week. We’ll see how he’s recovered today.

“Gibbs is available again, Chamberlain is still out. ”

With regard to Sanchez, who came off against Stoke after scoring a crucial goal, he’s going to have a medical check today.

“Alexis Sanchez will have a test today,” said Wenger. “Yesterday, it didn’t look too good, but with him you never know. It was just a kick, so it’s possible that he recovers for tomorrow.

“Everybody else is ok.”

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Gonzogunner

If Kosc is crocked I don’t fancy our FA cup chances at all. They were slim enough as it was.

SG_Gooner

all our aging stars have calves/heels problem

vermaelen, rosicky, arteta, carzola now him…

Bould\'s Eyeliner

He’s had a known achilles issues since 2013. Also, it’s a game where you constantly sprint from rest, and change directions whilst doing so. The only consequence of such repeated movements is that everything in your body from the knee down goes to shit. Not a coincidence.

Amusa

Please rest Sanchez and Koscielny.
We’ll get through this without them.
Qualification for the CL, is out of our hands anyway.
The F.a cup is the most important thing right now.

wash_dc_gunner

Please don’t rush them back, they’ll be needed at Wembley.

As long as they have the right mentality (ahem, looking at you, M. Wenger), whatever team we field shouldn’t have any trouble on Tuesday.

EZD

Does anyone know if Mustafi is suspended (for 10 yellow cards)?

Could be a problem if he and Kos are out, plus Alexis too.

Glenn

Nope – the cutoff for that suspension was the second Sunday in April.

EZD

Cheers – that’s a relief!

Jack

For rotation purposes, time to give Iwobi a chance?

Lord Bendnter

Iwobi won’t work in a back three
The biggest losers with this back three formation are Walcott and Iwobi

Me So Hornsey

We need to win this one 6-0 to kill the Scousers goal difference.

Santi\'s Flip Flop

It’s City’s GD we need to worry about. We go above Liverpool on results alone. City could do us with their superior GD and still lose a game.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Goal difference will almost certainly be irrelevant in terms of Liverpool. If our GD is going to be the key, it’ll be in terms of Man City

JDizzle

Cech
Gabriel – Mustafi – Holding
Bellerin – Ramsey – Xhaka – Monreal
Ozil – Lucas
Welbeck

Should have enough to still put a few past those wasters

ritabhash

Lucas in the starting Xl? This cannot be an Arsene Wenger team, can it??!
But the prospect of Lucas and Welbz interlinking is too mouth-watering.
We all can dream atleast! 🙂

Saurabh Sharma

We would probably see coq in midfield and Ramsey in akexis’s role or maybe iwobi back in the squad!

Dingdong

Knowing Wenger, he’d go with Walcott who’s been close to useless recently.
sigh!

JDizzle

The poor guy needs another chance! Hasn’t put a foot wrong for us yet.

He seems to score for fun, so let him put a couple past John O’Shea and friends.

Heavenly Chapecoense

It is difficult to be good without having played a game for so long. If Perez is average, I will understand it.

Chinaman

Chances are we’ll play Iwobi or Theo ahead of Lucas. Or play Giroud & Welbeck as a front 2 with Ozil behind

Clins

I want to see how iwobi does in the Alexis role. I think no 10 role is perfect for him

Cechmate

We should play Ospina, Elneny (Xhaka), Iwobi (Ozil), Walcott, Gibbs & Welbeck with Perez (as he is just back from injury) to come on for Walcott. 4th place is almost out of our reach and even more so, our main challenge would be Everton – Ronald Koeman is becoming Wenger’s new boogeyman! So we should let these guys play get the rest of them for Everton and FA Final. In fact, depending on how Perez plays I would keep him as the winger option for FA cup final with Sanchez in front.

Ex-Priest Tobin

Fingers crossed Liverpool have ended Wenger’s career. Will be buying a big round for everyone at my local if this deceitful has-been gets the sack.

Mootilated

Koscielny is from Stoke?! Who knew….

Papas

Kos is the only Remain voter in the whole of Mordor, sorry Stoke…

GunnerYY

It’s Sunderland, i think they’re the easiest team in PL right now, we should win even without Sanchez and Kos, moreover we play in Emirates. In this game i hope we can see Perez though, the guy didn’t have a chance to play, if he’s fit then play him even as a subtitute in min 70, i want to see his play, still believe he’s better than Walcott/Iwobi as a winger.

bazza_wicks

we need them both for the FA cup and also the OX so dont want him to miss out either its a one off game but we need maximum strength to give us a chance we will be the under dogs lets hope we can play freely and let the quality we have flow

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