Team News: Wenger confirms Flamini’s inclusion, Wilshere to face late test

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mathieu Flamini will return to the Gunners squad this weekend against Crystal Palace after his five day stand-down as a result of a concussion sustained last weekend against Norwich City.

The Frenchman was missed in the midweek loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, a match that saw Jack Wilshere replaced before the hour as a result of an ankle knock. The Gunners boss confirmed the Englishman will undergo a test before Saturday’s match to confirm his fitness.

Wenger also discussed Ozil’s performance on Tuesday night and believes he was hampered by a virus prior to the fixture however was able to partake in the match.

The Gunners boss told the media of the latest team news in his pre-match press conference:

Flamini is available because he had no basic injury – it was just a precaution. Wilshere will be checked by the medical people.

James Olley of the London Evening Standard (present at the press conference) tweeted:

Wenger revealed Ozil had a virus and was sick before the Dortmund game – still felt able to play but explains “why he was not at his best”.