Aaron Ramsey has “a chance” of being listed in the squad for Manchester City on Saturday after an ankle problem forced him out of Wales 2-1 win in Andorra on Tuesday, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The ‘Gunners’ midfielder limped off the pitch in the closing stages of the encounter on the controversial synthetic pitch at the Estadio Nacional.
Wenger, speaking during his pre-game press conference, confirmed Chris Coleman’s earlier take on Ramsey’s condition.
“He (Ramsey) will be assessed today and he has a little chance to be available for Saturday,” said Wenger. “He had an ankle sprain but it’s a minor one that’s for sure. Will it be enough to be available for Saturday? We’ll know today.”
Following striker Olivier Giroud’s injury, Arsenal pulled through a transfer deadline day move for England international, Danny Welbeck, in a deal reportedly worth about £16m from Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, who grabbed a brace in England’s 2-0 win in Switzerland on Monday night is among a number of deadline day signings hoping to make their Premier League debuts this weekend. Wenger believes the Man United academy product could join the likes of Thierry Henry, Nwankwo Kanu and Patrick Viera, among the records of players who turned even better after joining the club.
“Danny Welbeck is an ideal signing for us because he can play through the middle, which I think is his best position, but as well on the flanks,” he said.
“He was at Man United, where he had many big stars, and he is a player who is very versatile so he had to make room sometimes for players to play through the middle. But if you analyse in an objective way his qualities, I think he has the perfect style to play through the middle.
“He can make himself a better player [here] because I can help him. He’s a young boy, he’s not 24 yet and let’s not forget that some players who arrived here at the age of 23 made huge careers here so I hope we can contribute and help him.”
The Frenchman is however keeping his cards close to his chest about his possible starting XI at home to the champions, but adds Welbeck is in the frame.
City’s visit continues a line-up of early fixture tests for the Emirate Stadium outfit, which has already squared Everton and with the likes of, Tottenham and Chelsea lying in wait.
Wenger is not concerned by that but says victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who are currently positioned a point above their hosts after three round of league matches, is more important than the early standings.
After their emphatic win over the Manchester team in the Community Shield five weeks ago, Wenger insists three points on Saturday will be good for the club’s credibility and confidence; as well as placing them on a better footing to conquer, this season after last several inconsistencies last term.
“We have now got the opportunity to show that we have grown as a team, that we are more mature and ready for the fight. Let’s do it,” he added.
“I don’t think that this game is very important for us mathematically [just] because we dropped points away from home [at Everton and Leicester]. But it gives us credibility and confidence if we do well.
“It’s a big game and for us it is a home game as well. We had a decent start in the Premier League but of course we dropped some points and we have a good opportunity at home to play against Manchester City and get the three points.”
The manager is also delighted to have Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs back in the squad, with the duo having underwent normal training in the week. Mesut Ozil did not play for Germany in the 2016 Uefa Euro qualifiers “because he had a sprained ankle”, but the manager says he will be available for the weekend cracker.