Arsenal latest: Wenger reveals plan to stop Lewandowski as Wilshere confirmed absent

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Before the game against Borussia Dortmund, Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the tie - including the threat posed by Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

But Wenger plans on keeping the ball away from him, as the best form of stopping him from scoring in the game.

‘’If we leave the ball to Dortmund, a player like Lewandowski will be dangerous. We will try to control the game and have the ball - that's the best way to keep him quiet."

Meanwhile fans will also be pleased to hear that Olivier Giroud is feeling fighting fit despite having a lot of strain on him at the moment to be the clubs only first-class striker.

Team news ahead of the Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund tomorrow night now, and as you probably suspected Jack Wilshere will miss the game. The England international is resting a knock to his troublesome ankle, and is not going to be risked in Germany.

Kieran Gibbs has however surprised the medical staff with a quick return to action despite picking up an injury against Liverpool at the weekend. Mathieu Flamini is however still out with a groin problem.

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Meanwhile Serge Gnabry has also recovered from an ankle injury.

Theo Walcott is out of the game, but will be fit for Manchester United at the weekend.

Arsenal have come in for some odd but fair criticism today over not paying their kitchen staff the minimum wage for London living.

The club, who recently gave Wojciech Szczesny a new £100k-a-week contract, are not meeting the £8.80-an-hour cost for their kitchen staff.

A club spokesperson stated:

‘’Our employee remuneration packages exceed the London living wage requirements,’ a spokesman said. We would also point out the majority of our casual workers are remunerated above the London living wage level. Many of those casual workers have other full-time jobs and this is a secondary income.’’

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Fernando Llorente is said to be a loan target for the club this January, after failing to settle into the first-team in Turin.

Arsenal reportedly want to keep him until the season, and Llorente could be keen on a move to earn a place in the Spanish squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Finally, and Jack Wilshere has Tweeted his belief that he could be a pretty useful left-back if need be. Read all about it here…

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