Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a threat ahead of this weekend’s meeting in the Premier League. Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, having failed to win against the Blues in the league since 2011, while falling to the sword at the hands of Costa who has scored two goals and won three of three meetings against the Gunners.
Arsenal look to end a five-year winless record against Chelsea on Saturday evening, and will fancy their chances of ending the barren run with how poor the Blues’ defence has been in recent weeks. Arsenal have failed to score against Chelsea in their last six Premier League meetings, but their opponents this time out have managed just one clean sheet from seven games in all competitions which suggests goals could come from the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a selection headache in attack ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea, with Lucas Perez and Alexis Sanchez in the frame to lead the line in Olivier Giroud’s absence.
Summer-signing Lucas scored a brace in the EFL Cup in midweek but has only racked up 64 minutes of Premier League playing time. Alexis Sanchez has been a makeshift centre-forward this season with Giroud sidelined with injury, scoring three goals in five appearances, but the Chilean could well operate in his preferred role out wide.
Arsenal could end the weekend occupying the runners-up spot in the Premier League table if they can win against Chelsea on Saturday evening. The Gunners would also need a helping hand from Middlesbrough, who face third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and Bournemouth, who face current runners-up Everton, but the chance to bear down on leaders Manchester City this early into the season will delight manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal have five injuries from the first-team ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League clash with London rivals Chelsea – Carl Jenkinson (ACL), Per Mertesacker (knee), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (meniscus), Olivier Giroud (toe) – and manager Arsene Wenger gave his assessment on their chances of featuring this weekend.
“We have no new injuries. Olivier Giroud has a test to see if he can be involved. He had a good training session so he is really the only one who could come back. Aaron Ramsey is still struggling with his hamstring and I don’t think that he will be available for our next game against Basel or at Burnley, so before the international break he will not be available,” Wenger said.
Arsenal will be full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea given the contrasting performances between the two London side. The Gunners followed up a thrashing of Hull City with a win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, scoring eight goals in total, and welcome a Blues outfit having conceded two or more goals in four of their last five in all competitions.
After having bagged his first goal for Arsenal with an audacious strike from distance in Saturday’s thrashing of Hull City, midfielder Granit Xhaka scored again from range in Tuesday’s 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round, and the summer-signing has drawn praise from manager Arsene Wenger for his surprise goal-scoring antics.
When asked if he expected the Swiss international to be getting on the scoresheet on a regular basis, Wenger replied: “Honestly? Not really. When we looked at him, I knew he had a good shot but he played very deep last year and he didn’t get forward a lot. I hope that will give him the taste for more.”
Arsenal will face Reading at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, in a repeat of the 2011/12 League Cup fourth round draw that saw the two sides pitted against each other. Arsenal will book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a win over the Royals on Tuesday, October 25, and will be full of confidence given their domestic form.
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of Tuesday’s EFL Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest and Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea, with manager Arsene Wenger saying the Welsh international still hasn’t fully record from a hamstring strain. “(Ramsey) is still out – I don’t think he will be ready for the weekend either,” said Wenger.
Supporters have hardly seen their industrious midfielder this season after his heroics for Wales in this summer’s European Championships, with Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Liverpool being Ramsey’s only appearance. He’s since missed games against Leicester City, Watford, Southampton, Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League) and Hull City, and will be adding Forest and Chelsea to the list as things stand.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed striker Olivier Giroud is set to miss Tuesday’s EFL Cup third round meeting with Nottingham Forest, as reported in the Mirror. The French international has played just 67 minutes of football in all competitions for the Gunners but is carrying a minor injury keeping him out of the side for the trip to face Forest.
“Giroud is still not available (for the EFL Cup), we will see at the end of the week if he can join in (ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea),” said Wenger. Giroud was given a late summer holiday after competing with France in Euro 2016, reaching the final with Les Blues, but a toe injury kept him out of Saturday’s 4-1 win away to Hull City and it’s unlikely he will start against Chelsea as a result.