Arsenal could be without Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil for Sunday’s game against Brighton.
There are doubts over the French defender’s fitness for Sunday’s game as he’s struggling with an Achilles problem.
The problem is an ongoing one for Koscielny and something that Arsenal have had to manage. Speaking to Arsenal.com, Arsene Wenger said that he’ll have a late test to see if he can play on Sunday.
“We have a doubt about Laurent Koscielny unfortunately and he will have a test tomorrow. It’s an achilles [sic] problem, it’s ongoing,” he said.
Mesut Ozil will miss the game as he continues to struggle with an inflamed knee.
The German hasn’t started a game since the 3-0 win over Bournemouth. Despite appearing off the bench against West Brom on Monday, he will not be available to play on Sunday. Wenger believes that the problem is “very short term”.
“Mesut Ozil will not be available for Sunday,” he said.
“Very short-term. He is not far, but he is not enough for Sunday.”
Ozil has also been left out of Germany’s squad for the upcoming international break, as manager Joachim Low looks to help protect his fitness for the long-term.
Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin remain out with a groin and hamstring injury respectively. However, Arsenal could welcome back Alex Iwobi who missed the games against West Brom and BATE Borisov with a thigh problem.
“Alex Iwobi might be available for Sunday, of course Coquelin and Welbeck are not available.”
Wenger expects everyone else in the squad to be okay and available for selection.
“I think everybody else should be available. Sead Kolasinac had some problems, but he is available. That’s basically it.”
Arsenal are coming to the end of an extremely busy week that will see them play three games in seven days.
Having beaten West Brom on Monday and BATE Borisov on Thursday, they’ll be looking for another victory against Brighton and go into the international break in a good mood.