Report from North London suggest the Arsenal are hopeful that their most dependable centre-half Laurent Koscielny will be in contention for Saturday’s Premier League home tie against Sunderland while still waiting on Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla who are doubts for the clash.
Koscielny was forced to make way for Gabriel Paulista after only 11 minutes during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Carrow Road against Norwich City after picking up a hip problem.
Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla suffered hamstring and knee injuries respectively at Carrow Road but Arsenal’s medical staff are still assessing the midfield duo.
Left-back Kieran Gibbs has missed Arsenal’s last two matches with a slight calf problem, but is expected to return to full training this week and is likely to feature in the squad to face Sunderland.
Forward Theo Walcott looks set to remain on the sidelines – he has not played since suffering a calf injury in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on October 27 – but is poised to return to training and should be available for selection ahead of the Christmas period.