Arsenal’s injury situation seems to be easing despite the news of Wilshere’s injury. Wenger revealed the latest team news ahead of the clash against Dortmund.
“As you know he [Wilshere] has not travelled because he has not practised,” said Wenger.
“I will know more on Thursday when he has another test. If that is not a success he will definitely be out for Sunday, if he is out for Sunday he will be out for England as well.”
“Gnabry has travelled and is in the squad,” “[Theo] Walcott is not far, he should be back soon after the break and [Mathieu] Flamini has a good chance to be available on Sunday.
“Gibbs has travelled and should be available. [Thomas] Eisfield, he was with us this morning in training.”
Good to have Gibbs back in the squad, that means Monreal will settle for his usual cameo role to preserve the lead. Gnabry’s presence also means Arsenal can call on pace from the bench even in the absence of Wilshere and Walcott. It is also nice to have Esfield fit again though he would have huge challenges making the first team especially with Arsenal out of the Capital One cup which has been used as budding ground for the emerging youngsters at the Emirates. He might not play but training with Ozil, Cazorla and Wilshere could only make him a better player.
On wilshere, Wenger has said he would be having a fitness test that would confirm whether or not he plays at the weekend against Manchester United and also his availability for England during the international break. I won’t be shocked if Wenger declares he failed the test. Wenger would rather loose him for a single match (against Manchester United) than risk loosing him for a lengthy period should he aggravate the injury during the international break.