Arsene Wenger – Mertesacker and Koscielny still doubts for the weekend
Arsene Wenger has confirmed defensive lynchpins Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are major doubts for the visit to Newcastle.
The duo missed Monday’s draw against Liverpool, Mertesacker through illness and Koscielny with a back injury.
Meanwhile, Wenger says Danny Welbeck is progressing well from a knee injury and should be available after the international break.
Jack Wilshere is due to return to full training after the international break following a fractured fibula.
Wenger also revealed that Arsenal are ‘not close to signing anyone’ despite being linked with a number of big names including Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in recent weeks.