Arsene Wenger revealed the following team news in the press conference before the game against Stoke City at the Britannia stadium.
It seems Arsenal are set to continue their struggles with the defence, with Nacho Monreal out of the game, while Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny are doubtful.
Arsene said, “We have to assess a few players today because we had some bad surprises with Nacho Monreal being out for tomorrow’s game. Hopefully Kieran Gibbs will be available and back in the team. We have to assess some other players like Laurent Koscielny and a few bumps and bruises that we got after the game. I’ll make that decision after today. We might also lose Tomas Rosicky for a thigh problem and Yaya Sanogo for a calf problem.”
Regardingly Koscielny, Arsene added, “I would like him to play a third [game after coming back from injury] because he is a very important player in our squad, and ideally he will be available tomorrow. That decision will only be made tomorrow morning.”
He also provided updates about Sczcesny and Debuchy, the latter for which the fans are eagerly waiting to return, to add numbers to a backline that is well shorn of experience.
“Szczesny will be back today in full training. I don’t know if he will be completely available or not yet. Debuchy is also back in training but it’s too early for him. The earliest he could be available is maybe on Tuesday. I don’t know whether I will take him yet because we are short number wise.”
Arsene also talked about Theo Walcott and his continued delay in returning to the team, “Walcott is still struggling with his groin inflammation. I think he has an injection today to take care of that. Hopefully he can be available again after that. Galatasaray will be too early for him.”
Arsenal fans would be holding there won’t be any further injuries to an already depleted side.