Another day, another injury concern for Arsene Wenger. Both full backs Bacry Sagna and Kerien Gobbs are doubts for the FA Cup Semi-Final with Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsenal are already without Gael Clichy while Bacary Sagna is still a doubt after pulling out of the game with Villarreal on Wednesday night with a virus.
Kieran Gibbs picked a groin problem in that 3-0 victory so, with William Gallas and Johan Djourou certainly out, Le Boss will have to shuffle his defence once more.
“We still have Sagna as a doubt for the weekend,” said Le Boss.
“And after last night we have Kieran Gibbs as doubt too. He has a little groin problem. Clichy, Almunia and Djourou are still out.”
The major issue would appear to be at left back but Le Boss believes he can find a solution.
‘There is the option to play Sagna in there if he has recovered,” he said .
“The other is to play Silvestre there and put Song at the back. There’s not many options but we’ll deal with the situation no matter what happens.”
But in between all the negative injury news is some good.
“Of course we gain Arshavin back because he can play in the FA Cup,” said Le Boss.
“Eduardo and Diaby are available for selection as well.
“Eduardo might be a little bit short but Diaby is completely ready.”
Given the number of big games coming up in the near future it would be no surprise if both were used as Le Boss rotates his squad. But, with a little time on his side, he is happy to bide his time over the changes he makes.
“Frankly I don’t know about that yet,” he said.
“I am happy to take 48 hours more so I can assess tomorrow’s injury situation. Also it means I can look back at how I rotated before and as well, how we can keep the balance right considering the opponent.
“We have to rotate a little bit because we play every three days now and only the squad can achieve what we want to achieve.”
For the record, the manager estimated that Almunia, Djourou were a fortnight away while Clichy is in the middle of a two-and-a-half week period of rest. Only then will he start his rehab in earnest.