Mathieu Flamini, who was on the bench in midweek, should be fine to play but it is the in-form Ramsey that provides the biggest worry for the Gunners who are looking to extend their fantastic away record to 12 straight wins on Saturday afternoon.
Theo Walcott’s return date has essentially be penciled in by Wenger for early November. The Arsenal boss has taken a slightly more pessimistic approach than his initial ‘3 week max’ prognosis.
There is some good news on the horizon however as Santi Cazorla is closing in on a return to action and should be available after the international break.
Wenger revealed the following team news at his pre-match press conference on Friday:
[on the latest team news] Overall we don’t have any more injuries than we had before the West Brom game. Flamini has a small shoulder problem. Ramsey we have to check him today [Friday]. I believe that there is nobody really injured from the West Brom game.
[on whether Flamini and Ramsey could miss Swansea] I don’t think so. I’m quite optimistic about them. Ramsey has a little thigh problem but he should be alright. He has a test. He is going back to Wales, certainly, for him it is always special. But you know Aaron Ramsey is a tough boy. He has a test and I think he will get through. No [I wouldn’t want to take a risk on him].
[on Santi Cazorla] Santi Cazorla is on schedule [to return] after the international break.
[on Walcott and how his surgery went] As well as it could go. There were no complications. You know sometimes you open and you find an unexpected problem. It was very simple.
[on when Walcott could return]
Optimistic, three weeks. Realistic, five.
Predicted lineup to follow…