Thursday 19 September 2019

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have 'uncertainties' for Palace clash as flu hits Gunners

Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Arsene Wenger
Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he may be missing one or two players for the New Year's Day fixture at home to Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman issued injury updates on several members of his squad as he effectively ruled Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott out of action for the fixture.

Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi returns to the fold after recovering from a hamstring strain picked up on December 10 during the 3-1 home victory over Stoke City.

"I don't think Kieran Gibbs will be available. Apart from that, Mustafi is fit again and we have one or two uncertainties.

"A few with flu but everybody else should be available.

"Gibbs has a knee problem and Walcott has a calf problem, short term, I don't think he will available this week."

Wenger declined to go into any further detail on which players are suffering from illness.

The Arsenal manager also gave an update on former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who recently returned to full training after a lengthy absence.

"He's fit, he's sharp; will I play him first with the under-23s? I have not decided yet.

"But he looks good in training."

Arsenal currently sit in fourth position in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Chelsea who host Stoke on Saturday.

That gap could be opened to 12 points before Arsenal take to the Emirates pitch on Sunday, while second and third placed Liverpool and Manchester City go head to head in the 5.30pm kick-off on New Year's Eve.

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