Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update.
The Gunners will be without Laurent Koscielny after his red card on Sunday against Everton, and there are other defensive worries due to injuries.
Gabriel had to be stretchered off on Sunday, and although he’ll miss the final the news is more positive than expected.
“Gabriel is out for 6-8 weeks,” said Wenger. “We had a scare about his cruciate, but it’s only his medial ligament.
“The positive is he avoids surgery but he’s out until the beginning of August at least.”
There are also worries about Shkodran Mustafi, who remains a significant doubt because of a concussion he suffered against Sunderland.
“Mustafi we have some worries about,” he said, “he’s still sick and has not trained yet.”
There’s some good news though, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in action, and could be considered.
“”Chamberlain is in contention because he’s back in training, ” said the boss, before admitting the loss of two central defenders has been a blow.
“We have been hit hard, but we have to find solutions,” he said.
“Hopefully I will find that.”