Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke to the media on Friday ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester City this weekend, and provided some big team news.
Aaron Ramsey will miss the game as Wenger confirmed that the Welsh international is close to returning but won’t be available for Sunday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
In turn, with Santi Cazorla also currently sidelined, it leaves Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin as the most likely pairing in the middle, although Mohamed Elneny will also be pushing for a starting berth.
While that was a disappointing setback for the French tactician, he delivered some much more positive news by revealing that striker Danny Welbeck will return to full training next week.
Given that the England international hasn’t played since suffering a serious knee injury in a 2-2 draw with Man City in May, it will be a welcome boost for the Gunners to have him back available and add another option up front.
Alexis Sanchez has been made the focal point up front, but he could now be afforded some well-earned rest in the weeks ahead with Wenger having so much depth at his disposal. Meanwhile, the former Manchester United star’s versatility will also allow Wenger to switch things up in his front three too.
Following their disappointing setback against Everton in midweek, Arsenal will be desperate to produce a response and get a positive result at the Etihad.
However, it will be a boost for all concerned to see Welbeck edging closer to a return, while Ramsey should be back next weekend and the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Cazorla will be pushing to return as soon as possible in the New Year.
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