Arsenal will have to reshuffle their defence for this evening Champions League last sixteen tie with Bayern Munich.
Laurent Koscielny will face a late fitness test ahead of the game, and Nacho Monreal will definitely miss out having already represented Malaga in the competition.
Kieran Gibbs is injured though Carl Jenkinson may feature having missed the Gunners recent domestic games through suspension. Per Mertesacker will return to the squad having been rested in Saturday’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger was passionate in his responses to the press in yesterday’s news conference ahead of tonight’s game.
The 63 year old refuted reports that he is about to be offered an extension on his contract, before assuring onlookers of his confidence in his sides chances of progressing to the quarter finals.
Elsewhere, Barcelona defender Dani Alves has heaped praise on midfielder Jack Wilshere, likening him to Spanish duo Xavi Hernandez and Anrdes Iniesta, before declaring he ‘would sign him’ for the Catalan club.
Alves lined up against Wilshere in the recent friendly international between England and Brazil at Wembley.
Meanwhile, the club have again been linked with Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta, who could join on a free transfer in the summer.
The 27 year old has eight full international caps for Venezuela, having represented Spain at under-19 level.