Arsenal are said to be confident that Jack Wilshere will be fit and available for the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie against Bayern Munich next week despite hobbling out of Saturday’s win at Sunderland.
Wilshere collided with the home side’s midfielder Alfred N’Diaye in the early stages of the second period and departed the Stadium of Light with a heavily bandaged thigh and a pronounced limp. The clash with N’Diaye exacerbated a thigh injury sustained in the first half on Wearside but the damage is apparently superficial.
The 21-year-old may well still be rested for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium but should be fit to face Bayern at home next Tuesday.
The captain, Thomas Vermaelen, will be monitored after missing the trip to the north-east with an ankle injury but Laurent Koscielny should return from a calf complaint.