Monday 18 December 2017

Gunners in healthy position -- Wenger

THINGS are looking up for the Gunners on the injury front after what was a difficult start to the campaign.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Wojciech Szczesny have all returned, while Wenger has revealed Abou Diaby and Andre Santos will be back soon.

The pair "should be coming back into training with the squad next week", meaning only goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski would be absent through injury.

"It is unusual, especially at this period of the season," Gunners manager Wenger (right) said.

"It is down to the continuing good work we are doing behind the scenes at the club.

"We hope that it continues because it is important to go into January with a full squad and we will be losing Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations."

Wenger is also boosted by news that Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky are available to face Newcastle this weekend after missing the 1-0 win at Wigan through illness.

"We should not have any new injuries from our last game," the Frenchman said. "Giroud and Rosicky should be available again. They were sick at Wigan."

Gibson wins 'red' appeal

EVERTON have succeeded in an appeal against midfielder Darron Gibson's red card in last Saturday's match at West Ham.

Gibson was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor for a high challenge on Mark Noble in Everton's 2-1 win at Upton Park, a game that also saw West Ham striker Carlton Cole sent off for a challenge on Leighton Baines.

Everton lodged their appeal with the English Football Association on Christmas Eve, meaning Gibson was able to face Wigan yesterday, and announced on their website that the dismissal had been quashed at a hearing.

It means the former Manchester United player will not face a three-match ban.

Cole has also seen West Ham's appeal over his red card upheld by the English FA.

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