Arsenal’s central defensive worries continue ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle with the news that Per Mertesacker is still suffering the illness which kept him out of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
The German is rated least likely to make the trip out of the regular pairing he forms with Laurent Koscielny.
The French international missed Monday night’s clash with a back problem and is due to have a fitness test today to decide whether or not he’s recovered sufficiently.
If not, the manager has to decide whether or not to keep faith with the Calum Chambers/Gabriel partnership which struggled in the first half against the Mugsmashers.
There was also an update on striker Danny Welbeck, yet to feature this season, with the boss saying, “Welbeck is progressing well and should be back after the international break.”