Team news: Koscielny, Per and Wilshere

Per Mertesacker

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle United:

on the team news…
Mertesacker is still sick and we will know more about Koscielny today. He might have a test on his back today and I will certainly know more tomorrow morning. The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker.

on missing both centre backs…
I would like them to be available but that’s part of the season, you can’t complain about that. 

on Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere…
Danny Welbeck is progressing well. He should be available, if all goes well, after the international break. Jack Wilshere is just behind Welbeck, maybe one week after the international break he will certainly come back into full training. 

on whether all the players are physically ready…
I think we are ready to play 90 minutes but maybe it’s normal as well that after two or three games, you are not completely at 100 per cent. That comes slowly. We have started late and as well some players, like Alexis, have come in on August 3 and are not completely there. 

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