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Wenger’s Team News: Duo could miss WBA, midfielder returns
Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his press conference this morning ahead of our trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
Among other things, the boss has given the latest team news with an update on the fitness of Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Elneny.
Gibbs completed the full ninety minutes during our FA Cup win over Lincoln last weekend but he’s seemingly picked up a knock as Wenger says he’s a doubt for the trip to the Hawthorns.
The Ox limped off during the first half against Lincoln after tweaking his hamstring and the midfielder will now be facing a late fitness test to see if he’ll be available to face the Baggies.
Elneny has been on the sidelines since picking up an ankle problem during our FA Cup win at Sutton United last month and he’s been forced to miss the last three games.
However, the Egyptian international returned to full training earlier this week so the midfielder could now be back in the squad this weekend, which would be well timed if The Ox misses out.
Wenger says Gibbs and Ox are uncertainties for West Brom game. Elneny already back in the squad.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) March 16, 2017
The only other bits of team news are that Santi Cazorla remains out with an on-going Achilles injury while Danny Welbeck will be back in contention this weekend after missing last two games due to a bout of illness.
So the squad is in good shape as we head in to the West Brom game desperately needing a win to close the gap on fourth-placed Liverpool as they’re now four points clear – although we do have two games in hand.
A win tomorrow would see us move to within three points ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Man City and with the guys at footballbets.tips predicting the Merseysiders to drop points at the Etihad, we can’t slip up against West Brom.
The race for the top four is as tight as ever and a win on Saturday combined with a Liverpool defeat the following day would put us right back in the mix for Champions League qualification.