Arsenal fans and our manager are waiting and hoping that the injury news on Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla is not too bad. After we heard the good news yesterday that our French centre back Laurent Koscielny had no lasting damage and would be available to face Sunderland at the weekend, more good news on these two would be a minor miracle.
It appears that our Spanish midfielder is the most likely to recover in time and after reading the Daily Mail report that revealed that Cazorla was streets ahead of any other Premier League player with his passing stats, you might think that Wenger would want him straight back in the side as soon as possible.
But I would not be so sure. For one thing I am sure the manager will be feeling a bit more cautious with his key players after what has happened recently and for another I think that Santi´s return might be better left to the crucial Champions League clash in Greece next week.
This weekend´s game against Sunderland is likely to be a very physical affair and with no Coquelin it might be a good idea to strengthen that spine. One way to do this, and to potentially get the best out of the player at the same time, would be to start with Aaron Ramsey alongside either Flamini or Chambers.
We have Campbell and the Oz to play either side of Giroud and Cazorla could be used from the bench if fit. And his creative talents might be a lot more vital against Olympiacos, a game we have to win and score goals in. What do you think Gooners?