We’ve got mixed news on the fitness front ahead of our first game of 2017.
Arsene Wenger welcomes at least one player back to the squad for the visit of Crystal Palace - but there is one new absentee.
Here’s the very latest from the training ground:
on the Ox, Gibbs, Walcott and Welbeck…
Alex looks like he could join in normal training on Saturday. From the last game, I think we lose Kieran Gibbs. It’s not big damage to his knee but he has inflammation and I don’t think he will be available. Danny Welbeck is doing well in training, so we have plenty of options. Theo Walcott will still be short.
Shkodran is back in normal training and he will be back in the squad.
on Gibbs’ scan…
On Wednesday he had a scan, but it just showed inflammation. Hopefully it’s a short-term injury.
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