As Arsenal prepare for the fourth Champions League group game away to the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad, we look poised on the brink of all but securing a place in the next round and hopefully winning the group to make that knockout stage earlier.
Arsenal are known for their injury problems and with their list of injuries growing at present, there could be cause for concern.
Lucas Perez is the latest name to join the absentee list, having picked up an ankle injury this week, and is now the fourth squad member to become unavailable until December at the earliest, while the ever-important Santi Cazorla is also doubtful for the Sunderland tie this weekend.
Arsenal succumbed to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough this weekend, and some people would even say we were lucky with the one point we received.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka claimed his side should have won the match, and if it wasn’t for Petr Cech’s heroics, we most likely would have lost, but the same could also be said for Victor Valdes, who denied us with some super saves also.
Arsenal wrapped up the 3pm kick offs in the Premier League today with a closely fought 0-0 draw, with both Cazorla and Xhaka unavailable to feature.
The game saw plenty of opportunities open up for both sides, but neither team could take their chances. It was a Petr Cech masterclass that kept Arsenal from dropping all three points, but fellow keeper Victor Valdes also had a game to remember for Middlesbrough.
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.