In the press conference ahead of the Arsenal home game against Premier League strugglers Middlesborough this weekend, reported on the Arsenal website, Arsene Wenger revealed that there is still a little doubt over whether Santi Cazorla will be available after the Spaniard picked up a knock in the Champions League win over Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday.
I may be wrong but I have a feeling that Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Granit Xhaka on the bench for the thumping Champions League win over Ludogorets Razgrad was taken in part because of the red card the Swiss international picked up last weekend against Swansea.
Arsene Wenger will be determined that Arsenal keep up the momentum that we have been building since the slow start to the season which saw the Gunners take just one point from the first two Premier League games. Looking at the fixture list coming up over the next few weeks you would expect Arsenal to take maximum points from the next three games, but it is vital that we get off to a good start this weekend.
Even though the Arsenal and Wales midfielder was supposed to be back before the international break and has already returned to training after being out with a hamstring injury since the opening game of the Premier League season, Aaron Ramsey will not be fit enough to feature on Saturday when Swansea City and their new manager Bob Bradley come to north London.
The Arsenal and Wales international star has not kicked a ball in anger since the first game of the Premier League season, when he picked up the hamstring injury in our disappointing defeat to Liverpool. He is set to miss the latest games for Wales over the next two weeks, with Chris Coleman having another go at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for it.
The second international break of the season is upon us and Arsenal fans should be very happy about that, although it would not have been nearly as nice if Burnley had been able to hold out against our weary looking attack for another minute, or if the referee had spotted the ball hitting Koscielny’s arm before going over the line to give Arsenal the points yesterday.
Santi Cazorla has confirmed that he is hoping to continue his Arsenal career beyond the summer, but has not been offered a contract as of yet.
The midfielder has proven to be a vastly consistent performer in recent years, and is one of the first names on the team-sheet so far this season.
It was another great team performance from Arsenal, especially in the first half, as we tore Basel apart in the Champions League, with notable attacking contributions from Cazorla, Iwobi, Bellerin, Ozil and Alexis Sanchez along with another great defensive display from Mustafi and Koscielny but the Man of the Match has to go to Theo Walcott for his two goals as well as his scintillating all-round performance.