Injury news ahead of the weekend
Danny Welbeck could be in line to return to the team following his most recent injury. Although not wise to rush the England international back too soon, Arsenal may find his work rate valuable against Tottenham. Olivier Giroud was withdrawn in France’s game against Wales with a thigh injury. It is not yet clear if he will be involved at the weekend but was only likely to be used as a substitute. Aaron Ramsey has withdrawn from the Wales team to face Panama tonight, but this was already planned. The on-form midfielder will be fit to face Spurs. The final piece of good news is that Shkodran Mustafi is in line for a return to the starting line up. Arsenal had to use replacements like Francis Coquelin at centre back in his absence and hopefully his return can help stabilise the defence.
City good, but not unstoppable
Arsene Wenger believes that someone will beat Manchester City this season, although he does concede that they are a good side. Still sore about a few points from Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of City, the long-serving manager thinks that the game was closer than it seems. He said:
“They are a good side but they are not an unstoppable side. If you look at the expected goals it was 0.7 for them and 0.6 for us. It was a very tight game, they created very little number of shots on target, one more than us, that’s all. Overall I think we were hugely punished with the third goal. At 2-1 we were hugely in the game. I don’t dispute they’re good, but they not unstoppable. But the referee had an absolutely atrocious impact on the game.”
Wenger still remains the only manager to guide a team to an unbeaten campaign in the Premier League and thinks it will be difficult for Pep Guardiola’s side to match that.
Ozil in return to Spain?
Mesut Ozil could be in line to return to La Liga, with Atletico Madrid a likely destination. The former Real Madrid player’s contract will expire at the end of the season and Atlético are looking to tempt him with a deal. Arsenal, however, may try to cash in on him in January and listen to other options available.
Key man reruns for Spurs
Jan Vertonghen is in line to return to the Belgium side tonight after missing their last game through injury. The Tottenham defender missed his nation’s 3-3 draw with Mexico last week with an ankle injury but has now recovered. He should be in line to face Arsenal at the weekend.