Wenger reveals fitness updates ahead of Southampton clash.
Next up for Arsenal in the Premier League during this busy festive period is Southampton on New Year’s Day and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of that clash.
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The Gunners are back in winning ways after securing successive victories over QPR and West Ham United in their last two outings and will be looking for three more points when they travel to St Mary’s.
However, almost inevitably Wenger has some fitness concerns ahead of the match with the Saints and here is what the 65-year-old had to say about his team.
“The team news is that the squad will basically be the same that played at West Ham,” the Frenchman told the club’s website.
“We have an uncertainty about Welbeck, who came off with a thigh problem. I think he will be short for Thursday.
“[Tomas] Rosicky will be back in the squad because he was rested. [Olivier] Giroud is still suspended. I will have to make a decision on who will come back, but Rosicky will come in for sure.
“Alexis [Sanchez] is a guy who has a naturally quick recovery and he has a lot of energy available as well.
“[Theo] Walcott is involved because he was already in the squad. Of course I judge him a bit short on the competition front but on the fitness front he is ready to play.
“[Aaron] Ramsey is not available yet. There’s no setback but because he had a setback last year, we have to be very cautious with his thigh – he was out for three months.”
Wenger’s men are level on points with their Hampshire opponents and a win would see them climb into the top four in place of Ronald Koeman’s side.
This would be a great positive for the North Londoners after another shaky start to the season.