Sunday, January 23, 2022

Wenger reveals team news ahead of Östersunds FK second leg

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news as Arsenal prepare for their Europa League Round of 32 second-leg against Östersunds FK.

The Gunners have a 3-0 lead from the first game, and with the Carabao Cup final on Sunday the Arsenal manager will have to think carefully about his team for tomorrow night.

The big news is that Aaron Ramsey is back in full training, but won’t be considered for the clash with the Swedish side, although he will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Speaking at his press conference this morning, Wenger said of the Welshman, “He is not in the squad for tomorrow. He had a good training session but he is a bit short for tomorrow.

“We will see how his evolution goes today until Sunday. I don’t rule him out yet. It depends how well he can improve the intensity of training until Sunday.”

There was also an update about Alexandre Lacazette, who had surgery last week.

“Lacazette is doing well,” he said. “He could be ahead of the planned recovery, maybe three and half weeks, four weeks, but overall he is doing well.”

As for the team selection tomorrow night, there was a hint that some young players could get a run-out.

“I always try to find a team who can win the next game,” he said. “I will field a team who has a good opportunity to win the game for us.

“There’s still a lot at stake because this competition is important for us. It’s a good opportunity for the players to show we have the quality to compete.

“There’s a fight for places at the moment, and it’s good chance for them to show their quality.”

Mesut Ozil misses out tomorrow night through illness.

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shokim

Ozil is sick again? Is that Wengerspeak for “He’ll be rested for the Carabao Cup final vs Man City match”?

Killak

Ozil is one sickly child

V is for Vic Akers

Arsene looks pale as a pancake here as well.

ronaldo

no, it just means he is SICK

Calm

Just means if he bottles it against City he has an excuse!

Jack

Welbeck needs minutes – I’d put him on the wing and give Nketiah a go as striker.

Gudaffiduck

I’d do it the other way around. Or at least have them both floating/chopping/changing pos

Jack

Man, Ozil needs some Vitamin C.

Dawn

Vitamin D – he needs some sun!

Boom Xhaka Laca

Ozil seriously needs to stock up on some multivitamins.

Teakster

Clearly needs to spend more time assisting himself, rather than others

Jammathon

His immune system is as terrible as his footballing ability is exceptional.

Dave

Ozils immune system is about as poor as Arsenal’s defence

Wendy Agnew

What defence ffs?!!

Teakster

Fingers crossed Özil and Rambo make it back in time for the weekend

jacccck

Ozil will be available for the carabao cup final on Sunday with Ramsey, and I hope the trophy will be ours, Winning the carabao trophy and the Europe league will be good…I just wish my hope and reason come true .COYG

Donald\'s Trump

Ramsey is evolving

Alphie

I have big expectations with Nelson. I like his direct dribbles. Reminds me of willian.

Hoping AMN continues to improve. Think his laid back approach attracts criticism like Ozil but he definitely needs to get used to playing against stronger and smarter opponents to see what he can make of with the tools at his feet.

ronaldo

oh what a surprise, ozil is sick AGAIN, I told you he gets sick and injured just as much as ramsey and jack, the man is a liability, we should start calling him SICK NOTE from now on

Homer

Good lord.
You sound like a miserable sort.
Doing alright there, sport?

arsepedant

Pay no attention, this guy doesn’t support Arsenal, he just trolls Arseblog to get reactions.

David Hillier\'s luggage

Not a fan of that gilet

Jason

Becareful wenger if we get knocked out of this our season is over.

V is for Vic Akers

Losing 4-0 at home to Ostersund would surely go down as the worst result in the club’s history.

Nketibag

How does 0-3, some excruciating extra time and a penalty exit sound?

Tyler

Ozil has no immune system

HopelessGooner

I think the “he’s sick” statement is better for wenger than “I’m resting him” just in case ostersunds pull off any surprises, since people can’t blame him for not fielding ozil..you know .. cause he’s “sick”

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