Arsene Wenger has confirmed that young Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin has been drafted into the first team squad for tomorrow night’s game with Swansea after Laurent Koscielny suffered a calf problem in the defeat at Chelsea.
The French international is set for a scan today ahead of a more detailed prognosis. In his place Thomas Vermaelen will start alongside Per Mertesacker with Kieran Gibbs likely to feature presuming his red card is overturned by The FA.
“We have lost Laurent Koscielny for Tuesday’s game with a calf problem,” Arsene Wenger told the club’s website.
“I don’t know how long he will be out for. He has a scan today [Monday]. Everyone else should be available.
A question mark continues to hang over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s involvement. The England international looks likely to be charged retrospectively for his handball although the Gunners plan to fight any such decision on the basis Eden Hazard’s shot was going wide and thus a goal-scoring opportunity was not prevented.
“There is a question mark about Chamberlain. The situation over his suspension will be decided today. After that I will make a decision.
“At the moment he is in the squad. Right now only Koscielny is out of the squad and he has been replaced by Hector Bellerin. We expected Kieran Gibbs’ suspension to be overturned.”
Realistically, given Chamberlain’s obvious intent to prevent a goal it seems unlikely he’ll escape scot-free.