Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thomas Vermaelen will not play against Brighton after the defender injured himself. It was assumed that the injury would not be a big thing, but it turned out to be a little more serious.
“Vermaelen will not be available. He did his ankle against West Ham. He could have played on and I took him off as a precaution. It got a bit worse yesterday so we will not gamble on him. It is short-term,” Wenger told, at his pree conference.
However, Rosicky and Diaby are both available so they can play.
“We have Rosicky and Diaby available,” added Wenger.
Mikel Arteta and Philip Coquelin will not play as they are both remained. However, Arteta is more likely to return before Coquelin does.
“Arteta and Coquelin are still out. Arteta is closer than Coquelin. It is still a matter of days for them,” Wenger said.
Łukasz Fabianski is also back after his long-term injury. He has resumed training after almost six months. With the goalkeeper’s contract expiring this season, no talks have yet began and he is yet to play game for Arsenal this season.
“Fabianski has been back in full training since yesterday. He is still short but it is the first time since pre-season that he has been in full training. With him and Rosicky coming back we are gradually getting everyone back,” Wenger told.
Brighton are looking very optimistic to beat the North Londoners and any defeat now would be a serious blow to Arsenal.
Written by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)