Arsene Wenger gave updates on player fitness at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Tottenham game this Sunday.
Arsene Wenger gave updates on at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Tottenham game this Sunday.
Arsene Wenger has addressed any concerns that there will be a hangover from the Champions League for his team against Tottenham this weekend.
The Gunners drew in Munich but went out of the competition based on the 3-1 result over the two legs.
“I'm disappointed that we went out [against Bayern] but mentally we were at the right level,” said the Frenchman.
Wenger has also confirmed a fitness boost for the Gunners ahead of the game with Nacho Monreal set to return. There is doubt over Kieran Gibbs while Mesut Ozil is definitely out.
“Monreal is definitely available, Gibbs we are not sure about. Ozil will be out for three weeks.”
Wenger was pressed on a return date for the £42.5 million Ozil, but played the injury down, selecting a four week return scale based on seemingly different timeframes he’d been given.
“When the minimum is three, the maximum is six so let's say four weeks.”
Wenger has also hinted that Ozil started the Bayern Munich with the thigh problem, which saw him taken off at half-time at the Allianz Arena.
"Ozil had a very good game against Everton but he was handicapped early on in the Bayern game - It's a blow to lose Ozil but I'm confident we have the quality to deal without him. We have many good players in our squad."
As for Aaron Ramsey, Wenger has urged caution suggesting the Welshman is still experiencing pain, contradicting reports earlier this week that he could feature against Spurs this weekend.
"He still has recurrent pains in his thigh, we have to be very cautious with him."
Wenger has also commented on striker Nicklas Bendtner who hit the headlines when he abused a taxi driver in Copenhagen while Arsenal battled away in Munich.
"Nobody gave him permission to go to Copenhagen. He will be fined for that."