Arsene Wenger had labeled the striker as a doubt for the clash at Wembley during his pre-match press conference, but admitted that he will have tests before a final decision is made. Welbeck was pictured taking part in a training game with the rest of the squad, which should give him a chance to make the squad on Sunday (23 April).
"He is a doubt for the semi-final, he will have tests today and tomorrow to see if he will be available," Wenger said ahead of the game against Pep Guardiola's team, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
The England international was sidelined after a toe injury and missed the Gunners' 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday night (17 April). Welbeck had finally forced himself ahead of Olivier Giroud and started ahead of the Frenchman in the last five Premier League games prior to the clash at the Riverside Stadium, but this untimely injury is likely to see him lose his spot yet again.
Giroud is likely to be given the nod again for the game against City with Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott likely to partner him on the wings. Wenger has hinted that he could again use the 3-5-2 formation he played against Middlesbrough, which could see one of the front three miss out.
Arsenal will, however, be without Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and David Ospina for the game with the manager suggesting that the latter two are more longer term than the former, who is out with a minor thigh injury. Meanwhile, Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up an ankle injury.
"Ospina is out and Lucas is still out. They are longer-term injuries. Ospina could be back in 10 days.
"He has got an ankle injury and is out for the rest of the season. It is not future-threatening problem, but it will take him six weeks so this season is basically finished for him," the French coach added about Reine-Adelaide.