Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest Arsenal team news ahead of our FA Cup last 16 match against Blackburn on Saturday afternoon. The FA Cup represents our most likely chance at silverware this season, but obviously we will have to strike a balance between fielding a strong team and resting some of our key players for the Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Thomas Vermaelen could be back, although I am not sure that he will be risked against Blackburn. We need him fit for Tuesday.
Carl Jenkinson is suspended following his 2 yellow cards against Sunderland, which will only further add to our defensive problems if Koscielny and Vermaelen are not fit.
“He is looking quite good and is possibly back for Saturday. He should be in the squad.”
“He is having tests today [Thursday] and tomorrow. He is looking better. He is still a doubt for Saturday. He’s got a kick on the thigh.”
“That is a problem. He has a test today and tomorrow exactly like Wilshere.”
“He came back in the week so we are not too bad on the injury front.”
General team news
“Ramsey is alright. Sagna is alright. Jenkinson is suspended. DIaby is available again and all the other players are alright. We have two short-term problems, with Koscielny and Wilshere, while Gibbs is out. That is it.”