All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Carl Jenkinson has told his team-mates not to fear Manchester City this weekend. The right-back has spoken to talkSPORT and told them he feels Arsenal are just as good as their opponents:
“They’re fantastic players, what else can I say. There has been a lot of talk about their team, but what about looking at our team? We’ve got some fantastic players. We’ve had a bad run and a couple of bad results but that doesn’t change anything. When we play our best football and to the best of our ability we can beat anyone. Of course Man City have an abundance of great players but no better than us.”
Arsene Wenger has hit back, hard, at recent comments from Paul Scholes.
"If six points is a million miles away, then I don't know what the translation from a mile into a point is. Everybody has opinions, people who have managed zero games have opinions and we have to accept that. We have not given up, believe me and we can show that on Saturday.”
And on Wilshere:
“You cannot say that. Wilshere is an exceptional player for me who has been handicapped by many injuries. Once Jack is back and consistently on the pitch, he will prove everybody wrong – and Scholes knows that as well.”
The midfielder has spent the season on loan at the Bundesliga club - but has failed to impress and will be allowed to return to North London in the summer.
Team news now ahead of the Manchester City game tomorrow evening.
City are likely to be without both Sergio Aguero and David Silva - but Arsenal have no good news on the injury front.
Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny remain out - however, in good news, Abou Diaby will return to training on Monday after 12 months out.
The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer - and so far talks for a new deal have proven fruitless.
He branded any potential approach from City ‘illegal’ and declared his belief the right-back will stay.