Arsenal have another opportunity to close in on the gap and maintain same point difference with Chelsea who are top of the Premier League. We are due to play Swansea tomorrow and given the form of Swansea, we should have the maximum points at stake.
This is the latest injury news concerning Arsenal’s squad and the possible line up.
Hector Bellerin [Ankle]
Picking up a problem in training, Arsenal were hopeful the scan wouldn’t show any serious damage. That being said, he is a massive doubt for this weekend’s game. With Debuchy also out and Carl Jenkinson not to be trusted, we could well see Gabriel shunted out to that position once again.
Santi Cazorla [Achilles]
Out. Nobody knows when he’ll be back.
Out. Not expected back until the end of the month.
Mathieu Debuchy [Hamstring]
Out. Expected back in January, though, just in time to be sent to another club.
Kieran Gibbs [Knee]
Doubtful. Picking up a knee knock on Boxing Day, Kieran could possibly return.
Laurent Koscielny [Tiredness]
Missed out at the weekend through fatigue and cramp. Should be back in the squad this weekend.
Per Mertesacker [Knee]
In training but will not be involved.
Theo Walcott [Calf]
It’s hard to judge if Theo is close to a return or not on the information available. Taking an average three-week healing process for a slight injury in this area, we would expect him back next week for Burnely but will update on site when we hear from Arsene Wenger.
Mesut Ozil [‘flu]
Ozil has missed the last few weeks with illness. He should come back into the squad for our trip to Wales at the weekend.
Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Lucas, Iwobi and Sanchez