Arsenal face a crucial game in their Premier League campaign as they head to Goodison Park to take on Everton. However, the Gunners will be missing a few big names through injury concerns.
The numbers of injuries suffered by Arsenal has once again increased, this time at the business end of the season. The injury to veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech has been the most significant blow to the Gunners’ ambitions, but he is among a number of key players currently sidelined.
The latest addition was defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who walked out of the Camp Nou injured as Barcelona knocked Arsenal out of the UEFA Champions League. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed ahead of the Everton match that the Frenchman would be replaced by former Southampton player Calum Chambers.
“Well, the other night we lost Mathieu Flamini with a hamstring injury, so he will be out,” said Wenger, according to the official club website. “He will be replaced by Chambers. Everybody else should be available. We have a check-up this [Friday] morning, but all the other signs look quite positive.”
Wenger also gave an update on the rest of his recovering players, saying that he expected Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Mathieu Flamini to return to the fold in the beginning of April, right after the international break.
“Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery, Santi is a bit slower,” the 66-year-old added. “The players who will definitely be back from injury [after the international break] will be Ramsey, Cech and maybe Flamini.
“But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.”
David Ospina will start in goal once more for Arsenal against Everton, behind a defensive back four consisting of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Hector Bellerin. Calum Chambers will partner Francis Coquelin in midfield, behind an attacking quartet of Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Joel Campbell and Olivier Giroud. Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez could start the match, but his recent lack of form suggests that he could be left on the bench.