Wenger reveals team news ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Wenger reveals team news ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Wenger reveals team news ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Wenger admits the striker could return this weekend, but did concede that the derby with Palace will probably be too soon for Theo Walcott (calf strain) and Kieran Gibbs (knee injury).

The Gunners will be looking to build on their 1-0 victory over West Brom on Boxing Day, their first win in three Premier League games, when the Eagles head to Emirates Stadium.

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce speaks during the press conference
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce speaks during the press conference

Midfield: Mohamed Elneny will be available to play his last game before heading off to the African Cup of Nations but I think we'll see Wenger stick with his preferred central midfield partnership of Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka on Sunday.

He continued: "No, not really [surprised] because today the clubs in trouble looked for experienced managers".

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"After that it is moral judgement".

"They have experience and technical quality".

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"I knew before I got here that he was going [to the African Nations Cup] and good luck to him", Allardyce said. "But he was in a strong position as a national team manager, that means that people acknowledged that he had the quality to be there". "Apart from that Mustafi is fit again and we have one or two uncertainties", he was quoted as saying on the club's official website. Welbeck has not played this season after suffering a serious knee injury in May.

Arsenal now sit in fourth position in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Chelsea who host Stoke on Saturday.

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Theo Walcott has been ruled out with a calf problem while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is only due to resume full training on Saturday following a hamstring injury so he may not be fit enough to start.

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