Arsenal: Wenger previews Champions League and injuries
Coach Arsenal Arsene Wenger previews the Galatasaray fixture and updates on the injuries.
on the team news…
Jack Wilshere is in the squad for tomorrow. Will I start him? I don’t know yet but he’s in the squad.
on other injuries…
I left Abou Diaby out as well because he’s not completely there yet. We lost Mikel Arteta (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) in our last game and it could have been three because Wilshere was a doubt for a long time but he recovered quite well.
on the Ramsey injury…
To be generous with time, let’s say four weeks. If all goes well, three. After the international break hopefully he will not be far away. Sometimes the international break is welcome! It is the same for Arteta, [he will come back] a bit quicker maybe.
on Theo Walcott…
Walcott is joining in full training next week. It’s very good news. Serge Gnabry as well. Theo’s return is a big thing for us. Let’s not forget that he got injured on January 1 and we are now in October. That’s [nine] months and we had to wait for a long time.
On the match vs. Galatasaray.. “The group stage is a minimum of 10 points so the home games are vital,” the boss said. “We had a disappointing result in Dortmund and at the moment I feel that the potential is there for us.
“We don’t lose a lot but we want to find the winning edge together and we have that opportunity [on Wednesday].
“It’s early but we are maybe more under pressure to win the game than if we had won the first.
“But it is the same in the Champions League – you want to win your home games. You need one good result away from home and then win all your home games.”