Arsenal players Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs are doubtful for Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, the North London football club’s manager Arsene Wenger has said. Defender Hector Bellerin though should be fit for the marquee tie.
All four players, apart from Gibbs, were left at home for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Ludogorets Razgrad, although Wenger said Bellerin was mainly rested as a precaution.
“I left him behind because I was cautious with him. I could have basically forced the issue, he could have played maybe in Bulgaria,” Wenger said at a news conference. “But he should be all right.”
However, Walcott, Cazorla and Monreal were all due to face fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s derby.
“The closest to coming back looks to be Walcott,” Wenger said.
Gibbs is also a doubtful starter after hurting his shoulder against Ludogorets, meaning Wenger could potentially be without both his left-backs for the game, forcing the Arsenal Manager to reshuffle his defence.