The former Barcelona attacking midfielder is struggling with a hamstring problem and is likely to miss out. Meanwhile, forward Danny Welbeck is also set to miss the Villa game. However, Wenger confirmed that the former Manchester United striker will be back for the Tottenham game.
“The squad will be exactly the same as last Sunday. The only uncertainty we have is Alexis Sanchez who has a hamstring concern, and that will be decided on Saturday. He might be out for Sunday”, said Wenger.
“Welbeck is very close. He is really, really, really nearly there. He will be available for the Tottenham game”, he added.
Other absentees include the likes of Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, who are recovering from their respective injuries.
“They are not completely there yet but they are not far. Jack should join in normal training in 10 days. Welbeck on Monday. That’s where we are at the moment. Arteta a bit longer”, said Wenger.
New signing Gabriel could make his debut for the Gunners as Wenger confirmed that the defender will be assessed closer to kick off.
“Gabriel is available and we’ll check him how he is physically but he should be alright to be available”, he said.