Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness check after missing France's friendly with Holland this week.
Arsenal's midfield injury crisis went from bad to worse this week with Jack Wilshere joining Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott as significant absences from the line-up as Arsenal's title hopes fade.
Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky both committed their immediate futures to Arsenal as they signed for 3 years and one year respectively.
Yaya Sanogo had a golden opportunity to draw Arsenal even in stoppage time but he put his shot way over the bar and Arsenal lost 1-0 away at Stoke.
Both of Arsenal's specialist left backs - Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs - are listed as doubts headed into the club's Week 28 trip to Stoke.
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, on loan at Olympiakos, scored a demoralizing second goal against Manchester United in today's Champions League match.
Arsenal rolled against Sunderland on Saturday but will be worried about Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny who both left early.
Olivier Giroud announced his return to the starting line-up with two goals and an assist in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates.
Kieran Gibbs came out of Arsenal's Champions League match with Bayern with a hamstring injury. He has been ruled out of the Gunner's weekend match against Sunderland.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his effective play since returning from the injury that robbed him of the first half of the season.
Yaya Sanogo made his first start for Arsenal's first team in the FA Cup match against Liverpool and impressed even in the absence of a goal.
Olivier Giroud was consistently a fraction off when given an opportunity which left Arsenal to a frustrating nil-nil draw with Manchester United.
Arsenal took a major hit to their claim as top dog in the Premier League, after being mugged by Liverpool's attack, in a 5-1 loss that will threaten their position at the top of the table.
Jack Wilshere looks set to return to Arsenal's line-up for the club's top four clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first start since opening day, scored a brace to see Arsenal over Crystal Palace.