Arsene Wenger has revealed that Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are in contention for Monday’s game against Aston Villa and confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also available after his lengthy lay-off.
Speaking to Arsenal Player ahead of the trip to Villa Park, the boss confirmed the positive news following the disastrous diagnosis of Theo Walcott’s ACL injury.
“Ramsey and Gibbs are very close. There is a small possibility that both of them could be available on Monday.
“Chamberlain is back and available and it is against Aston Villa again. That makes it five months where has been completely out, so that means he is fresh and that should give us a boost. Giroud and Ozil had a good training session yesterday and today they had no problem. They could be back.”
Following overnight reports that Nicklas Bendtner could recover from his ankle problem inside 10 days, the boss stressed that in his view the Dane was still at least three weeks from full training.
“Bendtner, you count three weeks from now until he is back in training,” while on the subject of Walcott, the Frenchman continued, “He has surgery and then it’s rehab. You know that it is six months and that you hope it all goes well. The only thing I can say is it’s very sad news for us and above all for him.”
Wenger also gave an update on Thomas Vermaelen who limped from the pitch in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Sp*rs.
“Vermaelen had a little knee problem so he had to come off against Tottenham. He could be short for Monday but there’s still a chance. But everybody else should be alright.”