Arsene Wenger spoke today to the club's official website today regarding current squad news in the lead-up to Sunday's final home match of the season at The Emirates versus a West Brom side that's in the thick of a late-season battle, along with Aston Villa and Sunderland (and to an extent, Norwich City) to ensure its existence in the EPL next season:
on changes to the team from Monday night...
At the moment no, the same group of players should be available for Sunday. It's our last home game and you want everybody available and finish with a win.
on Kieran Gibbs…
Gibbs will be a bit short for Sunday. The good news is that he's back in fitness training but he is not back in the full training group yet.
on Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere…
They are not ready yet. Alex is in treatment at the moment and not in training. It's very difficult to give you a time-scale on him at the moment.
Given there's no changes as Wenger stated, and that Gibbs - while currently training - will probably miss the match, that means we'll see the following squad named for the West Brom match:
Keepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski
Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil, Mathieu Flamini, Kim Kallstrom, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla
Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo
Further, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not even participating in training, this leaves a major doubt for his return to the final league match of the season at Norwich City. His status for the FA Cup final versus Hull City on May 17th is also in question, since there appears to be no time-table for his return back.
Jack Wilshere, out since March 1st with a foot injury sustained in an England friendly match versus who cares I don't it was pointless to begin with, has returned to full training with the club and could be an inclusion in the Norwich City match, and at the least - baring any setback - for the FA Cup Final. Whether or not Wilshere plays for Arsenal the rest of the season is inconsequential for England manager Roy Hodgson, who declared the Arsenal midfielder is on the England World Cup roster no matter how he finishes his club season.