Arsenal face Middlesbrough in the Premier League today. Given the form of the players, it is expected to be an easy ride for us but no club can be taken lightly in the Premier League.
We expect a bit of rotation or if the players kill the game on time like they did against Ludogret, there might be early changes.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, Arsene Wenger has given a team update, per Arsenal official website.
on the latest team news…
Well, from Wednesday night it looks like we have no big problems. The only uncertainty I have is Santi Cazorla, who got a kick. We’ll see how he is today but we have nobody coming back. Of course we lose Xhaka because he’s suspended and everybody else should be available.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Wednesday night, Wenger said: “I just wanted to give him a breather. He looks alright physically.”
on Ramsey and Giroud…
They are progressing well. Oliver Giroud could maybe be involved on Tuesday and certainly will need one more week sharpening up. He could be available but we want him really to be 100 per cent fit before we bring him back.
on Ramsey’s progression…
Ramsey is progressing well and I believe fitness-wise he is 90 per cent there. His potential return could be not against Reading on Tuesday, but maybe Sunderland.
He could be back in January. After that let’s not forget he was already out for a year, so we might have to be patient. To get him back to a really competitive level… it will certainly take two months of competition to get back to his best.
on what stage he is at…
No [he is not out running yet], he will be starting to run in two weeks.