Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provided an injury update on his squad ahead of the Gunners’ early Saturday clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla remains a slight doubt for tomorrow’s game after missing Arsenal’s last two outings having picked up a knock during the Gunners’ clash with Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Discussing the possibility that Cazorla might miss tomorrow’s game, Wenger said, “Against Middlesbrough, people said ‘Santi did not play’, but I believe we had enough domination, enough quality to win the game on the pitch, and that’s where we have to find the solution even when Santi is not there. No matter how big Santi is, and God knows that I rate him highly, we have as well drawn and lost games with him as well. We have to find a solution with the players that are on the pitch.”
Wenger also revealed that Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal are doubts for tomorrow’s trip. About Walcott, Wenger shared that the in-form English attacker is nursing a slight hamstring strain and if he were to miss tomorrow’s match he should return in time for the trip to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets on Tuesday.
Regarding Monreal, Wenger said, “He has a little muscle tightness.”
Wenger also shared that the aforementioned trio will all have fitness tests today to assess their ability to travel to Sunderland tomorrow, while Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will both also be in the travelling party.
Wenger said, “We have Giroud back available and Aaron Ramsey will be in the squad. We are [almost] in November, they have not played so it’s good to have them back. We have a few uncertainties over Walcott, Monreal and Cazorla, but they will all have tests today.”
Wenger though pointed out that he will be cautious in his use of Ramsey in particular and is likely to nurse him back to full fitness rather than throwing him into a game from the start.