Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is fast running out of key first-team features ahead of tomorrow afternoon's clash with West Bromwich Albion, but will still be confident of avoiding a third successive Premier League defeat after playing so well against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
The Gunners produced a vastly-improved display at the Emirates on Wednesday night, proving too strong for Dortmund in a 2-0 victory that unfortunately produced a fresh pair of casualties to add to Wenger's ever-growing list of absentees.
Mikel Arteta suffered a calf injury and will be missing for three weeks as an absolute minimum, while the hero of that Dortmund win Yaya Sanogo is struggling with a hamstring strain.
Is Giroud ready to start?
Wenger is also facing an anxious wait to see if Danny Welbeck is available for a potentially tricky trip to The Hawthorns, with the England international facing a late fitness check on a niggling knee injury.
If Welbeck and Sanogo both to pass medical checks then Wenger may be forced to turn to recently returned forward Olivier Giroud, who looked surprisingly fresh in his first action since late August against Manchester United last weekend, firing in a late consolation from distance.
Koscielny also back in contention
It's not all doom and gloom for Wenger on the injury front, with Giroud's great mate Laurent Koscielny back on the bench against Dortmund and definitely part of tomorrow's squad travelling to the Midlands.
Koscielny is ready to start if called upon according to Wenger, but barring a gamble in terms of team selection Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal will continue at centre-back.
Lukas Podolski meanwhile is absolutely desperate to get his first Premier League start of the season, but it will come as a big surprise if that wish is granted at The Hawthorns.
Wenger prefers not to tinker even in the face of widespread criticism, after such a strong performance in Europe expect the only changes from that victory to be enforced in a game the Gunners simply have to win.
Arsenal predicted XI: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Giroud
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