Arsene Wenger met with the press on Thursday ahead of his side’s game at Burnley.
Finding himself in an almost unprecedented situation, there is only one Arsenal player who is totally ruled out for Saturday’s game – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who is sidelined for at least another two weeks.
Koscielny and Szczesny are both doubts with a thigh and rib problem respectively but the biggest miracle of all the updates must surely be the news that Abou Diaby is finally ready to be included in a matchday squad.
About Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere, Wenger added “They came through the game on Tuesday well. They were at a good level physically and they should all be available from now on until the end of the season hopefully.”
Mathieu Debuchy, who didn’t take part in the game against Stoke because of squad restrictions, could also be included.
“Debuchy is alright. I can only play three players over 21 [in the under-21 league] so he is physically fit and ready. He lacks a bit of a competitive edge but overall he has no medical problems.”
Szczesny has ‘a chance to be fit this weekend’ while no call will be made on Kos until closer to the game despite undergoing a scan on the thigh problem picked up against Liverpool and it not showing any problems.