Johan Djourou and and Yossi Benayoun will be unavailable this weekend against Bolton Wanderers after both picking up slight muscular problems in the win against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger had positive news though about other long-term absentees hinting that Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen are in line for comebacks after the international break, whiel Sebastian Squillaci could challenge for a spot next week.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, the coach confirmed:
“Squillaci is one week away. Benayoun and Djourou will miss the next week due to muscular problems. It is the thigh for Benayoun and the hamstring for Djourou. Everybody else is OK.
“Diaby is three or four weeks. Vermaelen is just over two weeks. So it should be after the international break for both of them.”
Having been substituted in the second half against Blackburn Rovers, there had been doubts about the fitness of Bacary Sagna for Saturday, but the Frenchman allayed fears hinting his compatriot along with Aaron Ramsey should be fine for selection.
“They are both OK. Sagna has a fitness test on Friday but I expect him to be OK. He got a kick on his thigh at Blackburn and had to come off. His first test was encouraging. He will have a final one on Friday. Ramsey is alright and he will be in the squad.”
Understood to be wearing a protective boot for another two weeks the Arsenal website did not ask about Jack Wilshere, with the player still thought to be a long-term absentee.