Arsene Wenger has allayed fears that Wojciech Szczesny could miss the start of the season by revealing the Pole is in contention to feature against Urawa Red Diamonds in Friday’s Saitama Cup friendly clash.
The Gunners first choice goalkeeper sat out the win over Nagoya Grampus with a back problem earlier in the week and reports circulated that he could be sidelined for up to four weeks.
Giving an update on the fitness of his squad Wenger also revealed positive news about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while hinting that Laurent Koscielny’s ankle problem is also not as bad as first feared.
“Koscielny is a big doubt [for Friday],” the boss told Arsenal Player.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain should be alright, Szczesny should be alright as well. I say 80 per cent Chamberlain and Szczesny and maybe 30 per cent for Koscielny. It’s a minor ankle problem.”
defensive or goalkeeping signings in sight it’s just as well Kos and Szcz are on the mend. As things stand it looks as though Arsene is going to try and Bertie Mee the title by using only 12 players next term.