ARSENE Wenger will be tempted to take no chances with Santi Cazorla for the Premier League clash with Middlesbrough at the Emirates on Saturday.
Spanish maestro Cazorla picked up a knock in the emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Ludogorets in the Group A Champions League match midweek.
And the Gunners manager has hinted that he may resist risking Cazorla’s fitness in the encounter with Aitor Karanka’s side.
Arsenal will be without Granit Xhaka as he serves a suspension following his red car in the last Premier League outing — a 3-2 win at home over Swansea City.
Wenger said: “From Wednesday night against Ludogorets it looks like we have no big problems. The only uncertainty I have is Santi Cazorla, who got a kick. We’ll see how he is today but we have nobody coming back. Of course we lose Xhaka because he’s suspended and everybody else should be available.”
Arsenal are very much in the middle of a purple patch going into the game against Boro and have chalked up seven wins in a row; nine wins in 10 games and they have suffered just one defeat in seven months.
Speaking to the press ahead of the top flight encounter with the Riverside outfit, Wenger chose to draw on his philosophical approach to the game to explain his team’s appetite for the fight.
He said: “I believe that humility is to understand that you start again from zero and that you are in a jungle. We live in a jungle where everybody wants to eat you, and you have to survive by keeping your vigilance. That’s what competition is about. Every day you have to fight again to survive”.
“The love to win and the competitiveness of the Premier League is very exciting. We are all in that jungle together.”
Following the Boro match Arsenal face Championship side Reading on Tuesday, October 25, in the EFL Cup at the Emirates.