Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will be available for Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Sunderland on Saturday.
Gunners striker Giroud has finally overcome a long-term toe injury, and Ramsey may get a chance to make a comeback after missing the majority of this campaign with a hamstring pull.
Both Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott face fitness tests ahead of the clash with niggling injury doubts but are expected to feature. Santi Cazorla is an uncertainty.
Wenger said: ”We have Giroud back available and Aaron Ramsey will be in the squad tomorrow”.
“They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey, because he has not played at all yet”.
“He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him”.
“We are now in November, they have not played so it’s good to have them back”.
“We have a few uncertainties over Walcott, Monreal, Santi Cazorla, but they will all have tests today.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Wenger reckons the injury that could sideline striker Lucas Perez for eight weeks was caused by a “deliberate kick”.
Wenger says Reading defender Danzell Gravenberch made a reckless challenge on Perez in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Perez is now sidelined with an ankle problem and Wenger has likened Gravenberch’s lune to the challenge that led to a red card for Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Swansea on 15 October.
Wenger said: ”It’s very frustrating, of course he is absolutely gutted. Because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick”.
“It’s a similar tackle to Xhaka, but there was no red card. But the red card would not have helped Perez”.
“What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks.”