Arsene Wenger gave an update on the state of his squad’s fitness as Arsenal gear up for their fourth game of the season against Southampton.
After the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday there were doubts over Granit Xhaka after he had to come off late in the second half, and there’s some worrying news about Laurent Koscielny who appears to be real danger of missing out.
“We have some worries for Koscielny,” said Wenger.
“He will have a test today, and I’ll make a decision after the training session.”
As for Xhaka, he said the Swiss midfielder might well be available.
“The news about him is better,” he said. “He has recovered quite well, but we’ll have a full check today.”
Wenger also played down suggestions that Danny Welbeck had picked up an injury, saying the striker was ‘fine’.
Lucas Perez is fit and back in the squad.
Arsenal head into the match having lost five of their last six away Premier League games, the same number they’d lost in their previous 27 games on the road in the competition.
Moreover, the Gunners haven’t beaten Southampton at Saint Mary’s in the Premier League since Robert Pires’ secured a 1-0 win in December 2003.
On a more positive note, they can take heart from January’s FA Cup visit when a brace from Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott’s hat-trick secured a 5-0 victory.