Injuries, but no worries for Arsenal
London: Arsene Wenger is confident his wealth of options in midfield will keep Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal players celebrate a goal against Aston Villa recently
The Gunners hold a one point lead over second placed Manchester City as they prepare to host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal have continued to record victories despite long-term injuries to forwards Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at various points of the season. Gunners boss Wenger believes, that is due to the quality and of his midfield options.
“In midfield we have plenty of quality players who you can rotate easily without really feeling ‘today we are weaker’,” he said. “We have fantastic players in midfield and it allows us to keep what we call the ‘engine’ of the team fresh. It is a real team effort because every player in his position has a strong personality as well.”
Germany Mesut Ozil has been less consistent but Wenger is nonetheless impressed with his efforts so far. Walcott won’t play again this season due to a knee injury but midfielder Tomas Rosicky may play wearing a mask to protect a broken nose suffered in Monday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Left-back Nacho Monreal has twisted a ligament in his foot and Thomas Vermaelen (knee), Mikel Arteta (calf), Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) are all out injured.