AARON RAMSEY SET TO RETURN TO ARSENAL SQUAD FOR SUNDERLAND TIE
Aaron Ramsey will return to Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s clash with Sunderland following a two-month lay-off.
But Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are doubts for the clash and will face fitness tests on Friday.
Wales midfielder Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury in the opening day defeat by Liverpool and hasn’t played since.
But the midfielder will travel to the Stadium of Light and is set to make his long awaited return.
‘We have [Olivier] Giroud available, Aaron Ramsey will be back in the squad,’ Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said in a press conference on Friday.
‘They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron, because he has not played at all yet. He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.
‘We have a few uncertainties about Walcott, Monreal and Cazorla – they have tests today.’
speaking on Lucas Perez’s INJURY. Wenger said:
Wenger accused Reading defender Danzell Gravenberch of making a ‘stupid’ challenge on Perez in Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup victory for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
Perez will now miss a chunk of Arsenal’s campaign with an ankle problem, leaving Wenger incensed that Dutch defender Gravenberch avoided punishment for the challenge
Wenger likened Gravenberch’s tackle to the challenge that led to a red card for Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Swansea on October 15.
‘It’s very frustrating, of course he is absolutely gutted,’ said Wenger. ‘Because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick,
‘It’s a similar tackle to Xhaka, but there was no red card. But the red card would not have helped Perez.
‘What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks.’
Wenger claimed Perez would not have been injured at all but for Gravenberch’s ‘frustrated’ tackle.
Fortunately, France striker Giroud has finally beaten a long-term toe problem, while Ramsey will feature for the first time since the opening day of the season after hamstring trouble.
Nacho Monreal has a ‘muscular problem’ and Theo Walcott a light hamstring issue, with both facing fitness tests ahead of the weekend.
Ramsey has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.
‘We are now in November, they(Giroud,Ramsey) have not played so it’s good to have them back.
‘We have a few doubts over Walcott, Monreal, (Santi) Cazorla, but we shall see later if they are good to play.’