Jack Wilshere could be back in the squad, and in contention to play some part in the game, ahead of QPR’s visit to the Emirates on Saturday.
After two disappointing results the temptation to use Wilshere after his injury lay-off must be great, but the manager wasn’t giving anything definitive away at his press conference today, suggesting he’d think about his inclusion along with that of Bacary Sagna.
“Sanga could be back. Wilshere I have to consider”, he said. Having included him in the squad for the trip to Norwich, but declared the game too intense for him, it would be a surprise if he wasn’t picked for a home game.
With Arsenal desperately needing a lift in terms of performance, as well as result, having the energetic Englishman as an option from the bench would certainly do that.
Kieran Gibbs thigh injury rules him out of the game also, meaning another decision will have to be made over the left back position. Does he continue with Andre Santos, who suffered a torrid night against Schalke, or move Vermaelen out and bring Koscielny in alongside Per Mertesacker.
And speaking of the big German, he urged his teammates to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
“We have had a difficult week, our results were kind of an accident, now we have to find our game again. The international break was kind of a killer for us. We have to find our strength back again quickly.
“We have the potential in us, but first we have to fight. It is our task now to find our self-confidence, we have great players with great potential, but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad.
“So it will be good to have a game in three days so we can show our potential again.”