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TEAM NEWS: Wenger: Monreal Out, Gibbs & Koscielny To Be Assessed
Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his press conference this morning ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City and gave a team news update on our defensive casualties.
Unfortunately, the boss confirmed that Nacho Monreal has been ruled out of the game with an unspecified injury. The Spaniard passed a late fitness test to play against Southampton on Wednesday but he did pick up an early foot injury during that match so perhaps that’s what will keep him out tomorrow.
Kieran Gibbs will face a late fitness test on a hip problem but he was on the bench in midweek so hopefully he should make it for the trip to Stoke. Otherwise, we’ll have a real problem at left-back.
Laurent Koscielny also faces a late test as the boss has previously confirmed that we need to keep a close eye on his troublesome Achilles problem. Fingers crossed he also makes it or we will be in serious trouble at the back.
Worst case scenario is a defence of Bellerin, Mertesacker, Chambers and Flamini, which is far from ideal going to a tough place like Stoke, but hopefully Kos and Gibbsy will be passed fit as a back-four of Chambers, Per, Kos and Gibbs looks for more capable of keeping the Potters at bay.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 5, 2014
At Colney. Wenger: "Monreal is out for tomorrow's game. Hopefully Kieran Gibbs will be available. Koscielny must be assessed."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) December 5, 2014