Gibbs in race to face Wigan

April 16, 2012
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Arsene Wenger will hand Kieran Gibbs a late fitness test before deciding if the Arsenal defender can face Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium.

Gibbs picked up a groin injury during the 1-0 win against Manchester City earlier this month and has only a 50-50 chance of featuring against the Latics, who are 9/5 to be relegated this season and 18/1 to come away from the capital with a goalless draw.

Wenger should also have Gervinho available again after the Ivory Coast international recovered from an ankle injury but the Gunners are without suspended defender Laurent Koscielny.

Midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin are set to return to full training next week following hamstring injuries but the Wigan game comes too soon for them.

Arsenal are 9/1 to beat Roberto Martinez's side 3-1 while Robin van Persie is 9/4 to open the scoring.

Meanwhile, Wenger has expressed his admiration of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who has enjoyed a fine season.

Wenger said of the 21-year-old, who has kept five clean sheets in his last seven matches: "The talent was always there but he is maturing quickly. I like that he is a good communicator. You have to adjust, it's important to find a balance.

"I wouldn't like to say publicly what he needs to do, I'd rather tell him myself. Overall he has the basic talent to be a top class keeper. How far he goes will depend on how much he wants to improve."

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