Arsenal FC will be without Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and the suspended Mathieu Flamini for the match against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday as they look to regain their place at the top of the table. But Arsene Wenger will have to contain with a lot of injury concerns ahead of this fixture and the squad is a bit stretched at the moment. Arsenal will miss out on Mathieu Flamini for this game, who has picked up a three-match suspension after his red card against Southampton in the last game. But the bigger worry was the absence of Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman, who was finally fulfilling his potential this season, has missed first team action recently due to fitness concerns. Ramsey, who last started a match back in the boxing day fixture against West Ham, is believed to have suffered a set-back in the training ground and could now be out of action for a long period.
Arsene Wenger confirmed Ramsey’s absence in the pre-match press conference today.
“Ramsey will be out for longer because he had a setback and it doesn’t look too good. It is matter of some weeks for him.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Jack Wilshere is also struggling with an ankle injury, will also miss out against Crystal Palace, although Wenger expects him to recover in time clash against Liverpool next week.
“We have good news. For Sunday he will be short but he has a chance to be available for the week after at Liverpool.” – Wenger added.
Apart from Wilshere and Ramsey, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby remain the other long term injury concerns. But Arsene Wenger is pleased with the return of Tomas Rosicky, who has missed first team since the match against Aston Villa with a broken nose.
“Not from Southampton, we have no problems apart from Flamini who we lose through suspension. Everybody else should be available. We could have Rosicky back again for Sunday. He had problems after surgery on his nose. So we lose Flamini but we gain Rosicky.” – He explained.
It will be interesting to see whom Arsene Wenger picks as the partner for Mikel Arteta in the pivot. At this moment Rosicky seems to be the likely candidate, unless there a late addition to the squad in the transfer market.
Probable starting line-up against Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Szczesny (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Rosicky, Arteta; Podolski, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud