Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny will miss the game against Norwich tomorrow. The French international joins Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs on the sidelines having picked up a knock during the Interlull.
That means Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will continue their effective centre-half partnership with Johan Djourou providing back-up from the bench.
The manager also confirmed that Lukas Fabianski will miss three months as the ankle injury he picked up in training requires surgery.
As for Jack Wilshere, Wenger says the midfielder is 80% match fit but not quite ready for action just yet.
“He needs one more game,” he said, “maybe Monday night (U21s), then he will be back.”
It seems likely the Capital One Cup game against Reading could be his first start, although it’s not inconceivable that he could make the squad for the QPR game next weekend.
Updates via @arsenal