Arsene Wenger’s men take on Liverpool on Saturday evening in a crucial Premier League clash for both sides. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Frenchman gave the lowdown on his side’s latest team news ahead of the match (via Arsenal.com).
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Match: Liverpool v Arsenal
Kick-Off (GMT): Sat 4 Mar 17:30
Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday evening, hoping to avenge the demons of the opening match of the season. The 4-3 defeat to the Reds may have begun a lengthy unbeaten run for the Gunners, but the loss is still in Arsenal fans’ memories.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger gave the latest team news ahead of this crucial fixture for both sides.
“We have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad,” the Frenchman confirmed. “He’s back in full training. Laurent Koscielny, who we lost at Bayern Munich, is back in full training as well.
“Elneny has an ankle problem that should be sorted out in three weeks. He got injured at Sutton and will not be available for Saturday’s game.
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“Olivier Giroud is back in the squad as well.”
So it’s mixed news on the injury front. It’s good that Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey are back in full training. It was worrying to see the Frenchman especially heading off the pitch during the defeat to Bayern Munich.
Arsene Wenger was also quizzed about Danny Welbeck. The England international hasn’t started a Premier League match since returning from injury but Wenger admitted that this break in fixtures has given the forward some opportunity for match fitness.
“[The break gave] some competition to players like Welbeck, he played two games.
“He’s in contention. He had ups and downs with his response to his knee problem. I followed the advice of our medical staff.”
It would be good to see Danny Welbeck play from the off at Anfield. He’s looked surprisingly sharp since returning from that lengthy spell on the sidelines and it’s hard to forget his brace in the FA Cup against Southampton. Arsenal are in pretty shape on the injury front and hopefully, that will translate onto the pitch against an out-of-form Liverpool team.