Arsene Wenger reveals that Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could all feature against Aston Villa on Monday
Manger dismisses talk of an injury crisis at the Emirates
Thursday 09 January 2014
Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs could return from injury to play in Arsenal's Premier League match at Aston Villa on Monday, according to the club's manager Arsene Wenger.
Ramsey, the Gunners' top scorer in all competitions this season with 13 goals, has been sidelined since Boxing Day, when he injured his thigh in the 3-1 victory at West Ham. The left-back Gibbs has failed to play this year because of a calf problem.
"Ramsey and Gibbs are very close," Wenger told arsenal.com. "There is a small possibility that both of them could be available on Monday."
There could be more good news on the injury front for Arsenal after the manager revealed that striker Olivier Giroud, who has missed the last two matches, and £42.5m record signing Mesut Ozil are back in full training and should also be fit for the match at Villa Park.
"They had a good training session yesterday and today they had no problem. They could be back."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been injured since the opening match of the season, is also in contention to play at part in the match. It was during the 3-1 loss to Monday's opponents, Aston Villa, when the England international suffered a posterior cruciate injury in August.
"It is unbelievable because he played the first game of the season, against Aston Villa, and now he 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."
Reports this morning suggested that Nicklas Bendtner could make a faster return from his ankle injury than first thought, but the manager stressed that the Dane will be out for another "three weeks" at least.
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