Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck doubts as Arsenal have possible sickness bug ahead of Lincoln game
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 09/03/17 12:16pm
A suspected sickness bug is making its way through Arsenal's squad ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final at home to Lincoln, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
Forwards Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi were struck down with illness ahead of the Gunners' 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, which dumped them out of the Champions League last 16 10-2 on aggregate.
Mesut Ozil also had a sickness that kept him out of the defeat to Liverpool and all three players remain doubts for non-league Lincoln's visit to the Emirates on Saturday evening.
Wenger said: "It's possible (we have sickness bug in the camp) at the moment, yes. We have a little problem in that front. I don't know if it is bad.
"The uncertainties (for Lincoln) are Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up for sickness. The other one is Alex Iwobi on the day of the game. He couldn't turn up for the same problem. Everyone else should be available.
"With Iwobi, in the morning (of the game) they called me and said he couldn't play. Welbeck at 5pm in the afternoon felt sick. We still tried to play him. It could be a bug, I don't know. I will leave the doctors to do their work.
"I haven't decided yet (if Ozil will play). He still felt not too well after the game. Now we will see in training how he feels.
"I haven't decided about the team that starts on Saturday. I always decided to play the team that has a good chance to qualify. Will continue to do that of course."