Arsenal Team News
It’s all about the goalkeeping situation, isn’t it?
Kieran Tierney‘s absence from the last few fixtures hasn’t been felt as much as anticipated, but similar sentiments won’t be echoed if Runarsson starts in net on Saturday.
Mat Ryan has not been able to train this week and it will be a late call on whether he is ready to play, as confirmed by Arteta.
"“He has not been available to train yet, and Alex is available, so we will have the choice between the two of them for the weekend,” he said. “If Mat is able to train, and they are both fit, we will have a decision to make. If Mat is not fit, obviously Alex will be in goal.”"
Cedric looks set to continue at left-back with no definitive time set on Tierney’s return, only that the issue is different to any previous ones and has to be monitored accordingly. Given the outlook, Villa will seemingly come too soon.
Dani Ceballos returned to the bench for the Wolves match and is now fully fit, with the same expected of Pablo Mari who has been recovering from a calf problems. Despite that, Gabriel looks set to start after the news broke that Arsenal failed in their efforts to have David Luiz’s red card against Wolves overturned.
They didn’t bother with Leno’s, understandably.
As with Saturday’s hosts, they are without Kourtney Hause and Wesley are their only absentees as Smith has a full strength side to choose from.