Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given his press conference today ahead of the crunch Premier League tie against Liverpool at the weekend.
Arsenal go into the match top of the Premier League, with Liverpool in third - and with two defeats on the bounce at The Emirates, it is fair to say that Wenger believes a win is a must from this fixture.
But what about injury news?
Well Wenger put it pretty concisely:
‘’Basically we have just Arteta back.”
Arteta returns from the suspension he picked up against Crystal Palace for a controversial red-card challenge on former Gunner Maraoune Chamakh.
But it is not all doom and gloom on the injury front.
Yes Serge Gnabry remains out with an ankle problem, the scourge of Arsenal’s youngsters, but Mathieu Flamini is expected to recover from his groin complaint faster than originally thought, with an outside chance of making the Manchester United game a real possibility.
It is also believed that Theo Walcott, who has been out for a while now after surgery to a stomach muscle, could also return to face United in some capacity - likely from the bench.
He has also been discussing Luis Suarez, a player he tried to sign this summer but will now face tomorrow evening.
He exclaimed that he was happy with the transfer business the club did this summer, despite the failure to sign the Uruguayan - and went on to add:
"What's important to me are the players who play for Arsenal, not the players who could play for Arsenal."
When asked whether he was potentially ill-advised for the Suarez bid, he stated that the truth might one day come out, but showed his renewed penchant for humour by stating:
"But maybe not in a book."
Finally, and away from the press conference, Mikel Arteta has admitted his admiration for Suarez.
The Spaniard stated:
“He is a tremendous player. And he has shown a lot of character to get back after getting really criticised and on the front pages a lot. He has gone on to produce some great performances and his goal-scoring record is amazing...I like players like this. When they are on the floor and everyone is on them they stand up and prove themselves and I admire that.”
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