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Arsenal injury update ahead of Sunderland clash

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a number of injury doubts ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, with three first-team players potentially out of action for the Gunners’ visit of the Black Cats. Arsenal are 1/11 to win against Sunderland in tonight’s Premier League clash.

Defender Kieran Gibbs missed Saturday’s 4-1 win over Stoke City through injury but should return to the first-team squad this evening. Manager Arsene Wenger said: “I left Gibbs behind on Saturday but he is available again.”

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny will be assessed today before a choice is made on whether he will start. The French international has a calf injury that’s he’s been unable to shake fully, and may not be risked given the Gunners have an FA Cup final to come later this month.

“We have a little problem with Koscielny from the Stoke game. We’ll see how he has recovered today. Koscielny has a little recurrence of his calf problem which kept him out against Southampton,” added the boss.

In the midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out against Sunderland with a hamstring injury and was ruled out of making Arsenal’s final Premier League clash with Everton. “The earliest chance he has is to be available for the cup final,” Wenger admitted.

Forward Alexis Sanchez has a thigh problem and may not be risked against already-relegated Sunderland as a result. “Alexis Sanchez will have a test. Yesterday, it didn’t look too good, but with him you never know. He’s so keen. Maybe it was just a kick. It could be a possibility that he recovers,” his manager revealed.

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