Cape Town - Arsène Wenger has revealed that his side will be without a number of stars for their clash against Newcastle United.
Wenger was giving his pre-game press conference on Friday and delivered the bad news for Gunner' fans.
"Our main problems are still defensively because Laurent Koscielny (calf from Southampton match) looks like he will not be quite ready, Nacho Monreal (foot) is not back and Calum Chambers is suspended."
Wenger then moved onto his injury woes in the middle of the park where Aaron Ramsey is a fresh injury concern for the French manager.
"Mikel Arteta (calf) is not ready and Theo Walcott (groin) is out. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will be checked today and tomorrow, so we’ll see."
There was some good news with Theo Walcott progressing well from a groin strain.
"The signs are quite good. He has had two days of training now but he now lacks competition and fitness to come back to a good level." Wenger added.
Wenger denied the rumour circulating that Jack Wilshere's return has been delayed for two months.
"That’s completely wrong. He’s doing very well. He’s on crutches so I don’t see how he can have a setback.
"It’s frustrating because it’s hard enough for Jack to be injured. He doesn’t need the negative news on top of that. It’s always frustrating to deny things that are not true." Wenger is quoted as saying by the Arsenal Player.
Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday at 19:30.