Arsene Wenger has revealed that Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and three other Arsenal players are unlikely to feature against Swansea.

The Gunners host Garry Monk’s side in their second consecutive Monday night game with a chance to extend their lead over Manchester City in the race for second place in the Premier League.

But they will have to do so without Ramsey, who is yet to return to training after the 3-1 win over Hull earlier in the week. “From the Hull match we had Ramsey who took a big kick, he is getting slowly better. He could be back in training soon,” Wenger told the Arsenal club website.

Welbeck, meanwhile, was pulled out of the match against Hull after he suffered a minor knee injury. Wenger expected him to be out for just a few days but the striker is also yet to return to training. “Welbeck is doing better but he is still not in training, he has missed now more than a week,” the manager said. “There is no major damage but we have to see how it progresses over the next two or three days.”

Wenger also provided an injury update on Mathieu Debuchy as well as long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta. “Debuchy is still out,” he said. “He is progressing but not available.

“Chamberlain is not available, Arteta will be short so it will basically be a similar squad [to the one that faced Hull].” Debuchy endured two long spells on the sidelines earlier this season before he returned for the FA Cup semi-final against Reading.

He suffered a hamstring injury in trainig after that game, however, and has not featured since. Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) has not made an appearance since March, while Arteta (ankle) has been out of action since November.

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