Midfielder back in training after injury
Mesut Ozil took to social media to confirm that he was close to being back to playing soon. The German international missed the weekends game at Chelsea and will not feature in tonight’s cup tie. He wrote on his instagram:
“Good news: I’m back training on the pitch. As you might have heard I’m suffering from a minor inflammation of my knee. Feeling better each day now and hope to be back playing very soon!”
Ozil could return in time for the Premier League game against West Brom on Monday evening.
Wenger’s words on Wilshere
Arsene Wenger admits it will be ‘a dream’ to see Jack Wilshere reach his full potential. Ahead of this evenings Carabao Cup game against Doncaster Rovers, in which Wilshere is likely to feature Wenger said:
“If you ask me, ‘Is he back to his full, 100 per cent potential?’, I would say no but he’s not far away. The rest now can only be gained by competition. That’s why I believe that these kind of [cup] games are very important for Jack at the moment. He is focused, he is working hard and he is absolutely determined to get his place back in the team. There is a big fight there, and that’s what we want. It’s a dream for all of us to see him fulfil his potential.”
The Arsenal boss then went on to talk about how he knew Jack was a special player from when he arrived at the club.
“I gave Jack his start at 17 years of age. That means I am convinced — you have to be convinced, to play a boy at 17 years of age, that he is a special player. He is a special player, but we are all the same in that you need health to work — I need health to work and a football player needs to be healthy to play.”
After spending last season out on loan it appears that Wenger wants to use Wilshere again. He must however prove his fitness by playing games. After 22 minutes in the Europa League last week, and more game time tonight, Wilshere will be hoping to be in contention later in the season.
Doncaster coming to get a result
Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson has said that his side will come to Arsenal with the intention of getting a result and not just to enjoy the trip. The League 1 side are focused and their aim is to cause an upset which will improve their season.
“Stranger things have happened in these competitions, us going there and winning the game would be a shock but that’s what we are going to try and do, we are not going there for a night out. We are going there to try and get a result, of course it is going to be difficult but it is not out of our reach, and hopefully if the result is right it would give my players the belief for the rest of the season.”
Doncaster have not won a game since the second round win against Hull City and currently lie 18th in the league table.
Lacazette gives his views on young teammates
Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette has talked up two of the promising young players at Arsenal. When speaking about Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah the French international had to say:
“I think Reiss is very good, I believe he will be a top player for the club. He already impressed me during pre-season and it’s great to see what he’s been doing for the under-23s. His stats are very good and he’s been performing well. When he’s played with us, he’s shown that he has real quality. I really like Eddie as well. He’s a great striker at the academy. He is very calm in front of goal and has great technique.”