Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park will both feature against Leeds United as Arsene Wenger calls on his reserves for Monday’s third round FA Cup tie.
Unable to play Gervinho, Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs, and with Robin van Persie set to be rested, the boss still claims he has enough quality in his squad to field a strong side.
“[I will play] a strong side, a normal side,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Maybe one or two will be rested, but apart from that I think we will still have Marouane Chamakh.
“Robin van Persie will certainly be rested for this game. We will hopefully have Chamakh available, [Ju-Young] Park available.
“Gervinho will maybe miss the game because they [the Ivory Coast players] have to turn up 14 days before the [Africa Cup of Nations] tournament starts.”
It looks as though it is at the back where Arsenal will be most stretched with four full-backs injured and two centre-backs out of action. Clarifying the team news, Wenger continued:
“From Monday night we have Djourou who will be suspended of course. Vermaelen will not be back and that creates quite a limitation at the back because it means no defender will come back.
“Sagna and Wilshere are going well of course but it is too early for them. Gibbs is doing well but none of them are ready for the next few weeks at least. We have to cope at the moment with the situation we face as well as we can. I believe that Thomas Vermaelen is the first to be back after Swansea.”