Arsene Wenger has confirmed Olivier Giroud will miss the EFL Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening after a toe injury ruled the Frenchman out of the weekend’s 4-1 win over Hull City. However there is some positive news with Gabriel returning to fitness and could be involved in the Cup tie (via Arsenal.com).
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Match: Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Stadium: City Ground
Kick Off (GMT): Tues 20 Sep 19:45
Arsenal are likely to field a mix of youth and fringe players on Tuesday night as Wenger looks to fight on all fronts while offering some exciting youngsters some experience. The big news however is that Giroud is still missing, but hopefully the striker will be available for the crucial tie at the weekend with Chelsea coming to Emirates.
“Everyone came out of the Hull game well,” Wenger revealed to Arsenal’s official website. “Giroud is still not available – we will see at the end of the week if he can join in [ahead of the Chelsea match].”
“[Gabriel] He has a chance to play against Forest.”
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With the good news that Arsenal’s defence finally has another senior fit member added to the squad list, another is close to return with Carl Jenkinson closing in on full training.
“He [Jenkinson] is improving, he is not quite back in full training yet,” Wenger confirmed.
The big name still missing from the side is Aaron Ramsey who had hoped to feature ahead of the Chelsea tie but even the weekend appears to be a bit of stretch for the Welshman.
“He is still out – I don’t think he will be ready for the weekend either,” the Gunners boss said of Ramsey.
Despite several absentees, Wenger still has a host of talented first team players who have struggled for minutes recently and we should see a number of these players feature as a run-out ahead of the Chelsea fixture. The big worry however, is injuries. With the Sheffield Wednesday loss fresh in the mind from last year, we cannot afford a repeat of the host of injuries in a Cup tie that doesn’t hold a huge amount of importance for the club. Especially such a huge Premier League tie on the horizon.
Stay tuned for AllArsenal’s predicted lineup and other matchday features.