Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of the Champions League clash with PSG and revealed that both Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott missed training this morning. However, the Gunners boss was confident that both players will be fit for the match nonetheless (via Arsenal.com).
There continues to be mixed news on the injury front with some players suffering setbacks while others return ahead of schedule. Arsene Wenger was joined by David Ospina for his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League showdown with PSG and confirmed the mixed news.
Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott both missed training today but are expected to be fit for the clash nonetheless. Of the other players out injured, there is good news for Lucas Perez but less so for Santi Cazorla. Wenger confirmed the Lucas was ahead of schedule in his return from injury but that Cazorla still faces some time on the sidelines.
“At the moment I’ve given up on that a little bit,” Wenger told the press. “It looks like he’s making progress but as long as he’s not in full training it’s difficult to make targets.
“It’s not a big injury that will harm his future but it’s an inflammation at the back of his Achilles and it’s always very difficult to give a set time.
“My gut feeling is that it will be short now, two weeks. Even when he comes back it will take time before he’s ready.”
Olivier Giroud scored another big goal after coming on as a sub on the weekend but Wenger still seems uncertain about who will play in the match.
“Every week I leave top players on the bench and I rotate a little bit, Wenger went on. “Giroud has been out a long time and he is ready to compete again and from game to game, it will change a little bit. We make minor rotations but he is not forever on the bench, he will play games, he will be on the bench sometimes, like everybody else.
“We make minor rotations but he is not forever on the bench, he will play games, he will be on the bench sometimes, like everybody else.”
It’s mixed news on the injury front. While it’s good that the current squad is fit for the match, the update on Santi Cazorla is concerning. Wenger did put a timeframe of two weeks on the Spaniard but doesn’t seem written in stone and these last few matches have proven how vital he is to Arsenal’s midfield.