Arsene Wenger has given an update on the fitness of a number of players ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea.
As expected, Francis Coquelin’s ankle injury sustained against Benfica on Saturday means he’ll miss the trip to Wembley.
Gabriel has returned to first team training for the first time since the final day of the Premier League season. The Brazilian injured knee ligaments against Everton on 21 May but needs up to three more weeks to fully recover having started to run again.
Alexis Sanchez could play a part in the game, but the boss is wary of overloading a player who only returned from his holiday at the weekend.
Despite sitting out today’s open training session at the Emirates both Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil should be fine for the weekend.
“We have everybody available to choose from,” said Wenger, before clarifying what he meant.
“Ozil and Ramsey weren’t in full training but they should be alright.
“Sanchez I haven’t decided yet. Coquelin is injured. We don’t think it will be too bad.
“Gabriel starts to run again now but needs two or three weeks before he can join in.”
Presumably, there’s a doubt over the availability of Shkodran Mustafi who also just returned from an extended vacation and Jack Wilshere who is on the mend after a broken leg.
Santi Cazorla and Joel Campbell are long-term absentees, while the likes of Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs are unlikely to get a call-up in while the club looks to offload them.