Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of Sunday’s North London derby.
The right back missed last weekend’s 2-1 over Aston Villa with a knee injury and Arsene Wenger has revealed the Frenchman won’t recover in time.
He is not ready for Sunday. It is too short for him,” the boss told Arsenal Player, and revealed there are doubts over Abou Diaby too.
“Abou is an uncertainty. He has a calf problem, a minor one. It is question of days. He will have tests and then we will see if we can use him on Sunday or not. It is a 50:50. Actually maybe a bit more for him playing.”
While it’s hard to suggest Diaby’s absence would be keenly felt, the loss of Sagna is something of a blow. His experience and commitment in big games is always welcome.
However, it does provide a chance for Carl Jenkinson, and there’s no doubt the life-long Gooner will be well and truly up for this one. Other than that it seems we have a relatively clean bill of health going into the most important game of the season so far.