Theo Walcott is unlikely to face Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Arsene Wenger is hopeful that the knee injury sustained by Kieran Gibbs in the 1-0 win over West Brom is just short-term.
The left-back left the field late in the second half after a clash of knees for which he was booked, but the Arsenal manager is optimistic that it’s just inflammation from that.
“From the last game, I think we lose Kieran Gibbs,” he said. “It’s not big damage to his knee but he has inflammation and I don’t think he will be available.
“On Wednesday he had a scan, but it just showed inflammation. Hopefully it’s a short-term injury.”
And on the two wide players, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott who both missed the West Brom game, he continued, “Alex looks like he could join in normal training on Saturday.
“Theo Walcott will still be short.”
Shokdran Mustafi is back in the squad after his hamstring injury, with the manager set to make a decision between the German and Gabriel, as well as rotating his squad adequately for two games in 48 hours.