Wenger provides fitness update on five players, Ramsey close to return

Arsene Wenger Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Arsene Wenger has given several fitness updates ahead of Arsenal's game against Everton.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave positive injury updates on five players at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Everton.

Arsenal are under pressure to respond positively after a poor defeat at the hands of Monaco in the Champions League and get some positive feeling back into the mentality of their players.

The Gunners are missing key men in midfield positions, but the boss has reported that two players are rapidly approaching a return to full fitness.

“Ramsey and Flamini are nearly fit – Wilshere has had a minor procedure to stop discomfort to his ankle,” said the boss.

“Arteta and Debuchy are still a few weeks away.”

The respective returns of Ramsey and Flamini are going to be important for the Arsenal midfield for differing reasons.

Ramsey will inject a goal threat into the middle of the team, while the French player will offer another option in terms of protecting the back four.

Wilshere, Arteta and Debuchy are all longer term injuries, but it’s encouraging to hear that there haven’t been any delays or setbacks for any of them.

Wenger is experienced enough to know he shouldn’t rush any players back to full fitness but if Arsenal struggle against the Toffees and QPR before the Manchester United FA Cup clash, the temptation to throw players back in is going to be difficult for him to resist.

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