Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed some crucial injury updates in his pre-match press conference ahead of the crunch game against PSG tomorrow, as per Arsenal’s official website.
Starting up the French boss confirmed that there haven’t been any new injury concerns from the United game over the weekend. Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said:
Basically everybody is recovered from Saturday. We left Walcott and Ramsey on recovery but they should be alright for tomorrow.
That should be good news going into the crucial PSG game, which may ultimately decide whether the Gunners will be able to advance in the Champions League.
The North London club have struggled to top their respective groups over the past few years, which often meant that they were drawn against a big team ending Arsenal’s hopes in the first knock out round itself. Hopefully, this time it will be a lot different.
There’s also some good news in the striking department, as Wenger confirmed Lucas Perez has returned to training and is ahead of schedule. On Lucas, he said:
He’s back in training already, but not with the squad. He’s ahead of schedule, yes.
Having Lucas back will be a huge sigh of relief for the Gunners, considering the uncertainty surrounding Sanchez’s fitness. The London club do have Giroud available, but with festive season fixtures looming large, Wenger needs all of his aces ready. Let’s hope Lucas will be fully fit before Christmas.
As expected, Arsene also revealed an update on Santi Cazorla although he did sound skeptic on his expected return to the squad. On Cazorla, the boss said:
At the moment I’ve given a little bit up on that, I don’t know how far he is. It looks to me that he’s making progress but as long as a player is not in full-time training with the squad, it’s very difficult to set targets.
It’s not a big injury that will harm his future but it’s an inflammation at the back of his Achilles and it’s always very difficult on inflammations to give a set time.
It doesn’t look good as far as Cazorla is concerned and as we reported yesterday the little magician might be out atleast until Christmas leaving a big gaping hole in Arsenal’s midfield.
Injuries to key players has always been the Gunners downfall over the past decade and although they are comparatively better this time around, the injuries are still playing spoil sport. However, if they can scrape through the festive fixtures unhurt then with most of the players returning they will be well placed to put up a title run.
What do you say guys? Can Arsenal sustain the title challenge until New Year?