Arsenal face Galatasaray on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League. The Gunners will be looking to bounce back after a dismal performance against Borussia Dortmund in their opening fixture. The game is an important one and three points will go a long way to help Arsenal progress to the knockout round. Galatasaray will be determined to not allow Arsenal a victory as the Turkish club only managed a draw against Anderlecht in their opening fixture.
Wenger’s biggest concern remains his ever-growing injury list. With Aaron Ramsey joining Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud on the long-term injury list, Wenger has very few players to choose from for the holding midfield role. Ramsey is suffering from hamstring problems sustained at the weekend and could be sidelined for close to a month.
The positive for Arsene Wenger remains that Jack Wilshere trained this morning and is back in the squad. What remains to be seen is whether the Englishman makes the starting eleven or starts on the bench.
Flamini is sure to start for Arsenal in the holding midfield role but what remains to be seen is whether Wilshere starts the game or not. Wenger himself could not make any confirmations regarding the same,
“He is in the squad but we do not know if he will start”, is all that Wenger had to say about Wilshere.
Wenger knows that the team must do well playing at home, especially after the defeat against Dortmund.
“We are maybe more under pressure to win the game than if we had won the first, but we want to win our home games”, said the manager.
When quizzed more about tomorrow’s game and how Arsenal are preparing for it, Wenger confirmed that set-pieces was an area of concern though the Gunners haven’t had the time to work on it.
“We haven’t had much time to work on set-pieces but we know we want to do more with our set-pieces.”
Kieran Gibbs was also present with the manager as the left full-back is on his way to full fitness. Gibbs enjoyed a strong showing against Tottenham over the weekend. The Englishman stressed on the importance of Wednesday’s game if the Gunners wanted to go a long way in the competition.
“We believe that we can do something special in this competition and we know we have to start that tomorrow.”
The left-back also expressed his delight over his return to the first team when quizzed about it.
“It’s important for me to play consistently in the team and remain fit so I’m pleased with Saturday,” he said.
Wenger also expressed his happiness with having Flamini to rely on to in the middle of the park. With the gunners’ midfield struggling with injuries, Flamini’s experience will prove to be vital.
“His experience is vital to us. I took the opportunity to re-sign him and I’m pleased I did,” said the manager.
When quizzed about his opponents, Wenger said,
“We expect Galatasaray to be organised with their experienced players. They have top-quality players.”
Despite the change in management at Galatasaray, Wenger is still expecting a tough test at the Emirates.
Apart from the Champions League fixture, Wenger also answered a few other questions about the team. The Arsenal manager confirmed that Giroud has signed a new contract with the club. Another positive for the Arsenal fans that came out of the press conference was the return of Walcott and Gnabry. The Arsenal boss confirmed that both will be back in training next week.