Wenger on how Arsenal can hunt down Chelsea in the Premier League

Arsene Wenger Pre FA Cup Press Conference 2

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave updates on player fitness and his thoughts on the club's form ahead of the Champions League match against Anderlecht.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed that Jack Wilshere will not be available for the game against Anderlecht as he's been suffering with illness.

"Wilshere has been sick and will not be available. The rest of the squad will be the same as the Burnley game - We have nobody else sick," said the boss.

Wenger also believes that the Gunners are nearly over the injury problems, which have plagued them throughout the season.

"We had a lot of long-term injuries but they are all slowly getting better. We are near the end of the tunnel."

The Frenchman also refused to play down his side's title hopes when questioned on the club's domestic form, revealing that it's a main aim for the Gunners to chase down Chelsea.

"We need a strong run to come back against Chelsea. What's important is that we increase our quality game by game."

"We could not find that defensive stability but we've found it now and that's important in the Premier League."

Aaron Ramsey is likely to come into the team in the absence of Wilshere, with his manager keen for him to rediscover the form he showed last season.

"He's one of the players who was very efficient last season. He now needs to get back to that."

On Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's most in form player, Wenger has suggested the Chilean is getting over a difficult start to life at the club.

"He had a difficult start integrating. Now he has shown his quality and his fight."

"He found it a bit hard to adapt in the first few weeks but now he's found his form and confidence," added captain Mikel Arteta.

"It's easy to play with him. He's a bull and he wants to get better and better."

Wenger has also suggested that the Gunners will be on their guard after a fortunate late win when the sides met in Belgium.

"We respect them because we had a miraculous win against them but we have learned from that."

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