Everton will be the next obstacles to stand in the Gunners way of keeping a steady assault on a top four spot this season and to help recover from that loss to Monaco in the Champions League, a few players will be fighting to reclaim a place in the Arsenal squad.
Midfielders, Mattieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey, have returned to the team’s training on Friday after short-term injury spells. Ramsey got injured against Leicester just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute. Flamini was his substitute in that game, going on to play in the fifth round tie against Middlesbrough but has not played since then. The Frenchman’s place has been handed to Francis Coquelin since the turn of the year but his experience and fair ability to organize play still makes him a necessary part of Wenger’s quest to finish this season successfully.
Both may not be certainly involved on Sunday, according to Wenger, who may be inclined towards giving extra rest to Ramsey who has suffered three occurrences of a hamstring injury this season.
“They are nearly there, not completely there.” Wenger did say.
It was not so fantastic, though, with regards to Jack Wilshere who will not be available for the Everton game due to post-surgical procedures on his ankle. Wenger, while speaking in his pre-match press conference in midweek, had been confident about the England midfielder being involved but he has now revealed otherwise.
“Jack Wilshere had a little surgery to take his two buttons off his ankle because they were irritating him but it’s a very minor procedure. He’ll be out for a few days.” Wenger said per Arsenal.com
Wilshere had stressed that the buttons caused an “irritation” to his ankle and though the process of taking the buttons off had been scheduled for the end of the season, his complaint has led to it being done now. The manager insisted that this would not be another set-back as it would only be an absence of a few days.
There was breaking news on Diaby also: he is not ready to play.
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