Arsene Wenger has revealed Mathieu Flamini is in contention to start against Manchester United after returning to full training. The Frenchman has missed the last three games with a groin injury but has recovered in time to be involved at Old Trafford.
Jack Wilshere also returned to training but will more than likely start on the bench but Theo Walcott is likely to miss out once again. Olivier Giroud, who picked up a minor knock in Dortmund will start upfront.
He [Giroud] has good stamina and a strong body – I don’t see any sign of fatigue.”
The Gunners sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League, eight points above Man United and could extend that to 11 points with victory on Sunday. Wenger believes another victory will fill the team with even more confidence after impressive victories over Liverpool & Borussia Dortmund in the past week.
“It is one of the game where you can build confidence and gain credit. Recently we have not done so well there.”
Wenger also admitted it will be strange to play Manchester United without Sir Alex Ferguson in the opposite dugout.
“It will be strange without Sir Alex Ferguson there on Sunday. It’s too early to tell the difference under Moyes. He has shown great competence at Everton.”
Arsenal’s defence has been heavily criticised in recent seasons but the Gunners have improved dramatically, keeping clean sheets against Liverpool & Dortmund. In Germany, they had to withstand an awful lot of pressure.
“We have made a lot of improvements at the back – but there is a lot to do.”
“Mertesacker & Koscielny compliment each other well – the team help them as well.”