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Arsène Wenger has given a full injury update in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday night’s clash with Newcastle at the Emirates.
The good news is that Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are back in the squad, and Theo Walcott has recovered from a small hip injury picked up against Milan. We also have André Santos back in full training. Santos could be available to play if Gibbs does not recover from a groin injury.
However, there is very limited news on Jack Wilshere’s return to full first-team training.
Wenger on how the squad looks after the Milan match:
“There are lots of knocks and bruises but I don’t think anybody should be definitely out for Monday night from the players who started the game. From Tuesday night we did not lose anybody and we certainly have Arteta and Ramsey back in the squad. That’s the news we have at the moment.”
“We have to check his groin but he has a chance.”
“He has a kick on his hip so that should be OK.”
“He is back in full training on Friday. He is certainly short [for Monday] because he has not played for four months but I do not really know yet, it is a decision I have to make. We will see first how Gibbs is. Santos is available if he is needed on Monday night to be in the squad. We played for two months without full backs so we are pleased that we have them back.”
Aaron Ramsey/Mikel Arteta
“They should be back in the squad.”
“Yossi was getting started again on Thursday, I do not know if he will be ready for Monday night. If all goes well, [he] could be available to join in training on Sunday.”
“Diaby will not be available for Monday.”
“Jack had a scan today. When I walked out to the training session at 11am we still had no information about it. The progress in training is very good but what you do not want is to have any setbacks. The clinical signs are all very good when you look at his ankle, it is not inflamed and it is normal progress now.”