Arsene Wenger won’t firm up his squad for Sunday’s North London derby until the very last minute with Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Laurent Koscileny all facing late fitness tests. Johan Djourou, however, will miss the match having not recovered from his hamstring problem.
In better news both Yossi Benayoun and Sebastian Squillaci will be back in full training in the next two days.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger gave the latest update on the state of his squad:
“Benayoun and Squillaci will be back in normal training on Friday or Saturday. Squillaci has been out for a long time so he won’t be fully match fit. Benayoun has more match fitness.
“Walcott, Gervinho and Koscielny will all be late tests and very late decisions. Saturday or even Sunday morning. Walcott looks the most likely to have a chance. Koscielny maybe less. He is recovering well but the game may come too soon.
“Djourou is out. The other injuries [Vermaelen, Wilshere, Diaby] you know about. There were no other injures from the game against Olympiacos on Wednesday night.”
Robin van Persie IS fit. (Just to clarify AGAIN for those wo got confused on Twitter earlier)