Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are close to a return to first team training.
Arsene Wenger spoke about a number of issues at a press conference ahead of the FA Cup game against Coventry City tomorrow.
The main issue was the confirmation that key midfielders Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey would return to training with the first team squad on Monday following their injury problems.
#afc Wenger says Bendtner in squad vs Coventry. Rosicky out. Arteta and Ramsey rejoin training on Monday— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 23, 2014
Arteta has been missing with a calf injury while Ramsey has been out of action with a thigh problem, with Wenger also confirming that striker Nicklas Bendtner would be in the squad to play Coventry City tomorrow night.
Wenger also confirmed that he was at Heathrow yesterday, with several pictures of the Arsenal boss at Twitter prompting theories that he was jetting off to Germany to personally oversee negotiations for FC Schalke youngster Julian Draxler.
The French boss said reports of Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona’s Cristian Tello are ‘wide of the mark’ and also said that any signings for the Gunners before the close of the transfer window next week are ‘unlikely’
#afc Wenger admits he feels 'guilty' for not having any transfer news for us. Says any deal 'highly unlikely' now— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 23, 2014
Arsenal also remain close on new contracts for Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, who have been three of the most consistent players for the Gunners this season.
#afc Wenger on new deals for Mertesacker, Sagna, Rosicky. 'Close on most of them, not all of them.'— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 23, 2014
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