Arsene Wenger has given an update on the status of his ‘decimated’ squad as he looks to cobble together a team to face AC Milan in tomorrow’s Champions League last sixteen second-leg.
Slaughtered 4-0 in the San Siro two weeks ago, Arsenal have, on paper, little to no chance of progressing to the next round. However, with nothing to lose the boss has already admitted he’s tempted to throw caution to the wind by playing six forwards, a rush goalie and Pat Rice in place of Kieran Gibbs.
Speaking in the pre-game press conference Wenger revealed that the three players he was forced to substitute at Anfield would all miss the Milan clash.
“We have lost Benayoun, Diaby and Arteta as well. Arteta has to rest for a week.
“Rosicky is doubtful too. But we will put out the best side for us to qualify.”
Kieran Gibbs is understood to be nursing a knock as well, but did train with the first team squad this morning and should play if he passes a late fitness test.
The number of injured midfielders leaves Arsene with quite the quandary. Given that Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are also unavailable, and Andrei Arshavin has been loaned to Zenit St Petersburg, it might not be surprising to see young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given another run-out in the centre of the park next to Song and Rosicky.