Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal is facing defensive midfield trouble as they play West Ham United at the Emirates on Wednesday.
Mikel Arteta still remains injured while Francis Coquelin has picked up a hamstring injury. Thus Arsenal will most probably play Abou Diaby, who has still not proplery recovered from his injury.
Wenger has however stated that Diaby has recovered from a three-month injury and he also needs rest. Arsenal will not have much players to fill this gap.
“We have [an issue there], I agree, and it is a position where we are short,” Wenger said. “Anyway, we are short when Arteta is not there because he is a player with a lot of experience. He gives us stability and you could see that in the last two games. It is a position where we are a bit vulnerable at the moment.
“Diaby is one of the guys I will have to check. He started… you could see that he was not completely physically fresh from the start on. He did dig deep on Sunday to do what he did. He played four games on the trot having been out for three months, and I will have to check him today.”
However, the good news is that Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have resuming training after recovering from their respective injuries.
“Everybody else has to be assessed today, individually, but there is no major injury. Podolski is back in the squad because he’s back to full training today and maybe Chamberlain [will be] back in the squad. He has been sick but maybe [he will] go out today and practise.
“[Podolski] was sick, in bed, but in full training today.”
Compiled by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)