Mikel Arteta is hopeful new keeper Mat Ryan can recover from a hip problem to challenge for a starting place at Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Australia international was recruited on loan from Brighton to provide experienced cover for Bernd Leno but wasn’t fit enough to be included in the matchday squad at Molineux having also missed the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
In his absence, Alex Runarsson made his Premier League debut after our German number one received his marching orders, the Gunners second red card of the 2-1 defeat, for handling outside his box.
In his post-game press conference, Arteta was asked for an update on Ryan.
“He had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train,” reported Arteta. “Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.”
The boss was also asked whether Kieran Tierney had been in contention for the trip down the M4.
“He wasn’t close at all,” said the boss. “Hopefully in the next few days he feels much better and he can come in the team and help us in this moment where we have so many games.”