Arsene Wenger is positive that Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil will be available for Arsenal when we travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Sunday.
Ramsey and Ozil were completely rested along with five other players for our midweek Europa League win over FC Cologne, but Wenger revealed that the duo was carrying minor knocks.
The Frenchman remains confident that they will be available for clash against the Blues, while the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Petr Cech are certain starters against Chelsea after being given the week off.
Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal official site: “We have to see about Ozil and Ramsey. I think they should be alright. All the others could have played against Cologne,”
Apart from duo, it’s not yet certain if we will have the service of Jack Wilshere after his brief appearance during the game against Cologne. The England midfielder was making his first appearance for Arsenal in over a year and Wenger believes Wilshere needs competition to get back to his best.
Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, was one of two members of starting XI alongside Nacho Monreal to start against the Bundesliga side after Wenger felt his appearance will help build match fitness. Sanchez missed Arsenal’s opening two games due to the lack of pre-season training, and then having a minor injury while on international duty.
However, Wenger was unsure if Sanchez will start at Chelsea despite being confident that three days is okay for the players to recover.
“Yes, it is good for him. You will see that it will give him more confidence and you could see that he still needs competition, Jack,” the French coach said speaking about Wilshere’s return to action.
“I have to see how he recovers from [facing Cologne] and decide afterwards with all the players available. But he will be of course with us at Chelsea,” Wenger added about Sanchez.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were handed another injury boost after Calum Chambers registered his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury when the Arsenal Under-23 side beat their Leicester City rivals 1-0 on Friday night (15 September).
The England international, who spent the entire last season on loan at Middlesbrough, played 73 minutes and his return will provide us with an added option in defence. Chambers is Wenger’s fifth choice in defence after fallen down the pecking order behind Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding.