Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck
Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are among three absentees for Arsenal Getty Images

Arsenal are set to be unchanged for the visit of Liverpool after confirmation that Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are all absent through injury. The trio have not yet played this season and their spell on the sidelines is set to continue.

Wilshere has returned to training after suffering an ankle injury, having initially been ruled out for two months. Meanwhile, Rosicky and Welbeck are both suffering from knee trouble, with the former currently recovering from surgery on the issue while the England international has not played since April.

With the three players out of the visit of Liverpool, Arsenal are set to be unchanged from the win at Crystal Palace. However, there is some positive news for the Gunners, as Wenger confirmed that Wilshere will be the first to return from injury.

"From the Palace game we have no injuries and we have still Wilshere, Welbeck and Rosicky to come back," he told the club's official website. "And we have no suspensions. So we should have a similar squad for the Liverpool game. Rosicky is progressing nicely but he is far away. Wilshere should be the first back from those players, he is making good progress."

Following the opening day loss to West Ham United, Arsenal recovered from Joel Ward's equaliser against Crystal Palace to see off Alan Pardew's men, where they also survived almost having Francis Coquelin dismissed for a second bookable offence. Midfielder Mikel Arteta has hailed the character showed by the FA Cup holders in the light of such troubles.

"The unity we have is really good as a group," he told the Arsenal official website, ahead of the Liverpool visit. "The cohesion we have around the club and with the fans is probably the closest it has been because we had periods when we had difficult times and things weren't breaking down between anyone.

"When you go through difficult moments together, that really helps to get where you want to get to afterwards. We haven't broken in difficult moments and that is very important. I am really confident in this group – if we maintain it and start adding little things in the next few years then we have a very strong team and club."