Update on Arsenal injury concerns from Arsene Wenger

The Gunners manager has confirmed that Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker will be sitting out the game against Newcastle this week.

The duo also missed out Monday’s fixture against Liverpool which ended in a goalless draw, Mertesacker through illness and Koscielny with a back injury.

After speaking about latest transfer rumors that have seen the club linked with a variety of players, Wenger said, ‘Mertesacker is still sick and Koscielny will have a test and I’ll know more after that.

‘At the moment it seems Koscielny is most likely (to play) but nothing is certain.’

The Gunners manager also stated that Danny Welbeck is progressing well from knee injury and should be available after the international break.

Jack Wilshere is also due to return to full training after the international break. The Englishmen is currently recovering from a fractured fibula and is likely to be eased into first team action.