Arsène Wenger on the team news ahead of Saturday’s home match against Liverpool:

on Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou after Tuesday’s match...
Kieran Gibbs has a small hamstring strain and will miss the match on Saturday. Johan Djourou has a chance to be fit for Saturday. Johan had a test today which looked quite positive, so we are hopeful. Johan has a minor hamstring strain. Kieran should be out for 10-12 days.

on Jack Wilshere’s steady improvement...
Jack is getting better by the day. He will not be ready for Saturday, but we have had good signs with him and that is very important.

on Tomas Rosicky and Armand Traore...
Both Tomas and Armand are doubtful for the match on Saturday. We will make a late decision on both of them. Rosicky has a slight thigh problem and Traore has a slight groin problem.

on Theo Walcott having no side-effects from his ankle injury...
Theo has done well. We worked very hard on getting Theo fit for Tuesday’s match and I think it was the right decision to start him. We did not want to play Theo earlier, as he had not played in three weeks. But he had a good start and a good game on Tuesday, so we’re pleased.

on Thomas Vermaelen seeming to be over his back injury...
Thomas is perfectly alright. We are very happy. We worked hard with Thomas and he has reacted very well. Basically, Thomas has not played for a year and so to come back in and play straight away two games in three days of that intensity is very pleasing.

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