Arsene Wenger has revealed the team news ahead of this Saturday’s clash against Chelsea and it’s a little bittersweet. Olivier Giroud could be fit to play but midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to miss another few weeks of action (via Arsenal.com).
Match: Arsenal v Chelsea
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off (GMT): Sat 24 Sep 17:30
Arsenal and injuries seem to go hand-in-hand but the Gunners have a relatively clean bill of health right now. The club has strength in depth so the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck can be coped with. However Arsene Wenger said in his press conference this morning that midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s injury is worse than first feared.
The Welshman limped off the field on the opening match of the season against Liverpool and is yet to make a return to action. It was believed that he would be back by now but Wenger ruled that out.
“Aaron Ramsey is still struggling with his hamstring.” The Frenchman said. “I don’t think he’ll be available for our next game against Basel or at Burnley. Before the break he will not be available.”
The Boss was then asked if this was because of a setback in Ramsey’s recovery.
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“Yes, we had a few disappointments, he was close to joining in but every time he is not completely right, he’s not far but we have to be cautious with him.”
Wenger also confirmed that Olivier Giroud could be fit for tomorrow’s match before the questions turned to the topic of Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder hasn’t exactly been the first name on the team sheet since his big money move to the Emirates in the summer but has shown his quality in the last week with two incredible goals.
“We had a good game at Hull and we had a good game at Nottingham Forest.” Wenger said.
“Everybody at the moment deserves to start the game and to be in the squad so I will decide that today.”