Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker are doubts for Arsenal’s match with Swansea on Sunday having not recovered from whatever minor medical ailments kept them out of Monday’s Thierry-tastic win over Leeds. (You wanted specifics? Pfff…)
The duo have not yet been ruled out, but will be given a final assessment tomorrow before Arsene Wenger’s squad fly to Wales.
The boss also gave a positive update on some of the long-term absentees. In addition to confirming that Kieran Gibbs would return at the end of January, he stated:
“Hopefully the players will come back very quickly now. With Carl Jenkinson we had very good news on his scan and he is starting to practice again, we have Thomas Vermaelen who is the first to come back, Bacary Sagna is evolving well and Santos is doing well too. Let’s hope they all come back quickly.
“I always said February for Wilshere. If he makes that then I am happy.”
Still short on options at the back, it appears that the club are still keeping their collective eyes peeled during the transfer window.
Speaking about the options open to him, Wenger told Arsenal Player: “All over the world we have our eyes and we look for good [players].
“It is very simple in a situation like that. You might take a player who doesn’t play at all somewhere, who is not necessarily fit quicker than a player who is injured. Or you take a young, potential player who has not made it somewhere.
“A player who plays anywhere in the world at the moment will not be available on loan, it doesn’t exist. It can only be a guy who doesn’t play or a promising player who has not yet made it completely who you could take advantage of.”
One such candidate appears to be Omani international Saad Al-Mukhaini. The 24-year-old is set to undertake a trial with the Gunners having been welcomed to England by Wigan keeper (and compatriot) Ali Al Habsi on Twitter.