Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Leicester City.
The Gunners take on the Foxes still looking for a first away point in 2018, and after Sunday’s celebratory atmosphere at the Emirates, this is bound to be something of anti-climax.
Speaking to the press this morning, the manager updated on the latest injury and availability news when it comes to his squad.
“Well, we have four players who are out. If you count Cazorla, we have Ozil, Koscielny, and Elneny.
“We’ll check everybody today, we had a rest day yesterday. Will I leave one or two out, maybe? We play again on Sunday.”
The manager also reported that a ‘devastated’ Laurent Koscielny would be out of action for 6 months as the seriousness of his Achilles injury was confirmed.
Any hopes that we might get to see Santi Cazorla in an Arsenal shirt again were dashed, as the Frenchman said it was too risky to use him at this point of his recovery.
“No, he will not be ready to play in the final game,” he said. “He is doing quite well, but the medical staff tell me it’s too risky.”
He also touched on the Mesut Ozil situation, and insisted the German international was suffering from a back problem, and not picking and choosing his games as reported by one of the most noxious tabloids.
“Football players are not like that,” said the Frenchman. “He wanted to play on Sunday, but hurt his back at half-time in the Madrid game. I can understand it, but overall no, he’s injured – he’s injured.
“It looks like that sometimes a player can go over the pain for one game, but they inflame the injury.”