Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has revealed the team news ahead of the North London derby.
The Arsenal manager confirmed that Danny Welbeck was back in the squad after being out for more than a month. He said, “Welbeck is back in the group. Apart from that we have the same squad available as last week.”
However, Arsene said that Alexis Sanchez will still not be available for the derby game and that he would possibly be back for the game against Leicester.
“The latest is that Alexis is not ready. He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet! He is training but it’s light training. He wants to have a go [on Friday], but I think he is too short [of fitness].”
Arsene also gave updates on the progress of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Jack will join in normal training next week, ahead of schedule. Alex is still out, but he is starting to practice again, not full training.”
Arsenal would be hoping to continue their good run of form and make it 6 wins in a row by beating their hated neighbours, but it will not be any easy game by any measure of the word. Arsene Wenger would have to ensure that the team takes defensive responsibility as seriously as they have been doing in the last few games, and only then can they expect to continue their winning streak to game number 6.
Arsenal fans would be hoping that Arsene would start Tomas Rosicky, considering he’s been scoring against Tottenham on a very regular basis. But with almost the entire squad fit, it is difficult to see where he can be included, unless the manager makes space for him by dropping Aaron Ramsey. Welbeck may be fit, but it is doubtful if he would get a start so soon on his return, and especially in a high pressure game as this.
The likely forward line could be Giroud, Walcott and Ozil, with Cazorla in the number 10 role, while Rosicky and Coquelin provide the screen for the back 4. David Ospina is most likely to continue starting for the team, and unless he makes some major mistake, it is difficult to see how Szczesny can get back to the team anytime soon.
Whatever the team may be, this is going to be a cracker of a game, one that should not be missed whichever way your inclinations go in terms of support.