Arsene Wenger has confirmed Petr Cech will start in goal for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on 20 October, as David Ospina is sidelined with a shoulder issue. The French gaffer also added that Gabriel Paulista is available while Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are all likely to start despite doubts about the trio's fitness.
The North London outfit are at a critical juncture in their Champions League campaign after losing their first two group games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos. Ospina started both matches and came under huge scrutiny after dropping a corner into his own net during the 3-2 defeat against the Greek side.
Wenger looked to have a big decision to make regarding his desire to rotate goalkeepers between their league and Europe. But now his hand has been forced into fielding Cech due to Ospina's injury.
"Ospina is out injured. He has already been out. He came back from Colombia with a shoulder problem and he is out," Wenger said in the press conference ahead of the game.
Wenger also confirmed that Gabriel will be available for the game after he missed the routine 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend.
"We have Gabriel back available," Wenger added. "He is the only one who is back. Everybody has recovered from Saturday so it is almost the same squad."
Sanchez and Ozil excelled in the win over Quique Sanchez Flores' side but there were suggestions they would be rested in the Champions League, especially following the Chilean star's groin issues sustained before the international break.
But asked whether he is planning to drop the duo, Wenger said: "Certainly not, unless I have a very bad sleepless night and get it wrong,"
"They should play. I don't think it's a risk. These medical predictions are beyond even the most sophisticated doctors. They are used to playing, they are in good condition and they don't complain. They don't have any specific medical problems so I don't see why they shouldn't play."