Arsène Wenger has given the latest team news ahead our Champions League home match against Olympiakos this evening.
Unfortunately seems to all be bad news. Abou Diaby will be missing for the next three weeks with a thigh injury picked up on the weekend against Chelsea, while Mikel Arteta is suffering from ankle problem and faces late fitness tests.I don’t know whether Arteta picked this injury up on the weekend or in training, but if he is not passed fit then we are very short in midfield. Diaby, Arteta, Rosicky and Wilshere are all missing. Expect Francis Coquelin to go straight into the team as the defensive midfielder and either Aaron Ramsey or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start alongside the ever-present Santi Cazorla. Arsene Wenger says that Diaby’s injury represents an opportunity for some of our younger players to show their qualities, which could be interesting.
Jack Wilshere’s comeback on Monday night went well. However, Wenger will not rush to get him into first-team action after 14 months on the sidelines. Wojciech Sczcesny is also missing for the next few weeks.
“He came through it [Monday's U21 fixture] alright. There was no reaction. We are pleased but it is now down to taking the right time to ease him slowly back. We are all very happy, and he especially must be exceptionally happy, but he has been out for 14 months.”
“Arteta will have a test. We will make the decision then whether we include him in the squad or not. He has an ankle injury.”
“We lost Diaby, who has a thigh strain. He is definitely out for three weeks as well. Apart from Diaby and Arteta everyone came through well.”
“He is injured and will not be back for two or three weeks.”