By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says Gervinho is likely to be available for next Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sunderland.

The Ivorian international is set to feature in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final against Zambia after firing the winner in the Elephants’ semi-final success over Mali.

He is due back straight after the tournament but Wenger admits Wednesday’s trip to AC Milan will come too soon for the winger.

“Gervinho is in the final,” he said. “I have had him on the phone and sent him some messages a few times.

“He plays the final and you know what the rule is - 48 hours later he has to be back. I see him playing on Saturday, not on Wednesday.”

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