Wenger reveals pre-Norwich team news

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘could be available’ for selection against Norwich on Sunday.

The England international hasn’t featured for the Gunners since limping off against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup and will provide welcome competition in a midfield missing Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky.

The boss also confirmed that no new injuries were picked up against Dinamo Zagreb meaning Aaron Ramsey came through his return unscathed.

There is a slight concern over Alexis Sanchez who apparently has a minor hamstring issue, however, despite the temptation to rest the Chilean it looks as though he could play at Carrow Road.

“I will assess that later,” said the boss. “It might not be the right time to rest him.”

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Man Manny

The right time to rest Alexis might well be the end of the season.

the only sam is nelson

the end of his last season before he retires from the game, you mean?

Lucky for us, there is ANOTHER Copa America next year, because it is the centenary. Poor bugger is never gonna have to wait until summer 2017 for a break…

Josh

Confederation Cup is 2017 and as Chile won the Copa America they’ll be there. Then there’s the World Cup in 2018…

TheNicolau15

and another Copa America in 2019…

Swish

That end of his last season just before his retirement comment is looking more and more likely.

He’ll be 31/32 in 2020.

Third Plebeian

Even God knew when it was time to take a rest.

alek

and when he’s 64 🙂

Me So Hornsey

? a minor hamstring problem. Not the right time to rest him. Against Norwich. Even though Ox could be back.

Is Wenger trolling us again?

lettraggad

yeah I’m thinking in the same lines .. .. it’s fuking Norwich..

moonie

It was only West Brom, only West Ham, only Zagreb.. some people.

aaron

They seem to have forgotten we play in a league where every single week there is an upset of some sort, no such thing as an easy game, especially seeing as teams like to really turn up when we play them!

Left08

He’s right. Now is the time to build some momentum again, so this is a must-win game and Norwich (away) shouldn’t be underestimated at all. Perhaps when a few more players return Alexis could be rested.

samba

Wenger will rested Alexis against Norwich in the 90th minutes I think.

Flash

Whilst no team in this league should be taken lightly, the fact that we cannot rest a key player (with a niggle) for this match destroys any argument for us having the squad depth to win the title I’m afraid

Swish

You seem to be omitting the fact that our squad has a number of key injuries. It’s the squad depth that Wenger had to dip into to keep 11 players on the pitch.

Flash

Eureka! Fielding injured players will fix the injury crisis!

Easy as JVC

I loved Wegers comment when he joked that a rest might make Alexis tired. What a specimen!

Wozfe

I really hope Alexis can play against Norwich. Whether I hope he WILL play is a different matter, however.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

He can have a nice break if we can get 4 or 5 up by half time.

Özorlexisey

Alexis will be roaring to start another scoring run.

Ozil's eyes

The only person who can rest Alexis is Alexis…I’m not sure he can either maybe God can.

Antideist

Since neither the toothfairy nor any god exists, the assumption that he will never be rested, must be made.

Ger Scully

I really fear for Alexis’ hamstring on that 20 min flight to Norwich…

ger

I cant help go off topic here lads…………plse forgive.
I watched the Scum last night , playing some team from Holland.
The hundreds of millions on the pitch was staggering and Im delighted to say they played like the shit they are.
There was one bloke who sports a nice comb over and is allegedly paid 300 a month, who trotted his way around the park ……………………what a disfunctional/mercenary group………… looks like theyre goosed in Europe with an away game to the Germans next.

Anonymous Kumquat

With Alexis finally back in the goals, I honestly can’t see Wenger resting him this Sunday. For me the question is whether or not to start Ramsey, and if yes who to bring him in for. Suspect Ramsey and Ox will both be on the bench and the team will be unchanged from Tuesday.

Sanchez' Mum

Not a med expert or a physio but he will play with a minor hamstring problem? I definitely agree that Sanchez in the squad is necessary for us continuing momentum and consecutive wins which is very important for morale (even though we could win without him), but I think we’re increasing the chances of aggravating a minor injury. Holiday break is a long, mentally and physically run of games, I think we should rest him and give Gibbs a go. Flamini did a good job but wouldn’t mind seeing Chambers given a go as a BWM in the middle of… Read more »

Gooneray

Would love to see Chambers get more games but as for holding midfield. He gives the ball away too many times in dangerous positions, can’t afford that

Sanchez' Mum

Sanchez has a minor hamstring problem? A good idea really to play him? I agree back to back consecutive wins is great for morale and later performance but I think we can win this one without Jesus Sanchez, put Gibbs in instead. Give him a rest, because if we don’t we run the risk of injuring one of our most important players ahead of a long, tough, gruelling run of holiday season fixtures. Flamini did a good job as a BWM, but wouldn’t mind seeing Chambers given a run in this position- he’s not really impressed so far but he’s… Read more »

Sanchez' Mum

**sorry double post

Stlgooner

I think Wenger will start Cambell ahead of the Ox

Dougie

What the eff is a BWM?

Sanchez' Mum

Ball Winning Midfielder- basically a DM who plays in the middle of the park as a central midfielder rather than just in front of the defence.

Football Manager terminology.

Swish

That sums up the thumbs down, then.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I’ve had to go back and mark your post down now for bringing in an abbreviation from a game to talk about an aspect of a game. How dare you mix games with games. It’s just not cricket.
Yours in disgust,
Angry of Dagenham

debigchief

Some men see things the way the are and ask “why?”: others dream of things as they ought to be and say “why not?”
Surely with £200million in the bank, things ought to be that we do not put so many of our eggs in the single Alexis basket….
Surely, we could and should have a team where if a player needs rest, he gets it knowing that someone of similar capabilities will step it….
Only remaining option is to ask Wenger: “why not?”

Sanchez' Mum

Not sure if anyone available in Jan has similar capabilities, but Wenger largely values team cohesiveness over new signings. With that being said team cohesiveness and spirit should be a minor consideration when as a whole the team is prone to many injuries. City had 3 major injuries and you can see how that has affected their performances recently, and we need adequate cover to challenge even just for the EPL (ignoring the CL and FA Cup). My main concern is what if Ozil gets injured then we are really missing our creative spark. Hopefully our little Czech magician gets… Read more »

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Cech
Bellerin Per Koscielny Monreal
Flamini Cazorla
Ramsey Ozil Ox
Giroud

Bench: Gabriel, Gibbs, Campbell, Alexis, Chambers, Adelaide

Ought do the job and we have Alexis in reserve to throw on in minute 70 if we haven’t clicked

Sanchez' Mum

Would prefer to see Gabriel given a run. Only problem is Per and Kosc have a better understanding and Gabriel and Kosc both are aggressive in closing down which can unbalance the defence. Still Gabriel will develop that understanding with Kosc given the time.

Per still is solid, but personally I get nervous watching him, because any form of relentless pressing (i.e. Spurs or Liverpool) can unsettle him

Conchetumadre

Start Alexis.
With a hopefully 2-0 Arsenal ahead, bring Alexis out say….min 65 and rest him.
Thats of course perfect scenario:)

CJ

Ramsey’s gonna play alongside our diminutive Spanish magician. Campbell will retain his place on the right. The rest of the team will remain unchanged.

Nigerian Kanu

It’s same team that played Zagreb

santori

No need to rush Ox back although he certainly will be a bonus as Ramsey.

I think Campbell has shown great apttitude. He protects the ball well, uses it intelligently and supports the fullback both going forward and tracking back.

he is a genuine option ON PAR with Ramsey or Ox for RW, all 3 have varying assets to bring which is a very good thing indeed.;)