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TEAMS NEWS: Update On Walcott, Wilshere, Gibbs, Flamini & Gnabry
We play Borussia Dortmund tomorrow in a crucial Champions League group game that could either put us on the brink of qualification to the knockout stages, or in danger of missing out.
The boss has given us the latest team news ahead of the game and overall it’s pretty positive. But let’s get the bad news out the way first and as reported yesterday, Jack Wilshere will miss the game in Germany after injuring his ankle in training last week. Jack was forced to miss the Liverpool game at the weekend and he’s also now in a race to be fit to take on Man Utd on Sunday. Fingers crossed he comes through his test on Thursday as we will really need him at Old Trafford.
Now for the good news. Gibbsy has travelled with the squad to Germany despite being forced off against Liverpool with a calf problem, so we should see him start. Gnabry is also in the squad while Walcott should be back in contention after the international break. There were reports today that suggested Theo could be back to face United but it seems those were wide of the mark and he’ll likely miss out the next two games with the abdominal injury that already kept him out of our last 10.
One midfielder who should face the Red Devils is Flamini with Wenger confirming the Frenchman has a good chance of making it, but he’s not travelled to take on Dortmund. Wenger said:
on Jack Wilshere…
As you know he has not travelled because he has not practised. 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.
on other team news…
Gnabry has travelled and is in the squad. Walcott is not far, he should be back soon after the break and Flamini has a good chance to be available on Sunday. Gibbs has travelled and should be available. Eisfield, he was with us this morning in training.
So we’re slowly getting the players back. After the international break we should only have Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby on the sidelines, and the squad is hopefully going to look a lot healthier.