The reporters on the Arsenal beat, including John Cross in the Mirror and Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph, are suggesting that Laurent Koscielny won’t recover in time for this weekend’s game against Newcastle.
The French international missed the 0-0 draw with a back strain, a problem compounded by the absence of Per Mertesacker with illness.
It was the first time Arsene Wenger was without both of them at the same time since March 2012, a game against Wigan that Arsenal lost 2-1.
Mertesacker, however, is likely to be available again and should line-up alongside Gabriel who had a good display against the Mugsmashers.
Meanwhile, Calum Chambers, who had a more difficult night against the side managed by evil clown shark teeth, was full of praise for Petr Cech who is imparting his wisdom on the training ground.
“It’s good to train with him,” he said. “He’s always talking to me and helping me to improve my game, which is really useful.
“In training he’ll come up to me during the session or after the session and say, ‘This was good, you could maybe do this or try this’.
“It’s always great to have someone who can help you.”