Burnley Team News
Arsenal face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday and Arsène Wenger revealed no new injury concerns ahead of the Clarets trip to the Emirates.
The chief concern surrounded Olivier Giroud who looked to have twisted his ankle during last weekend’s win over Swansea. The French international is back in training accord to Arsène and set to keep his place in the starting line-up. Given he’s a player who scores in streaks, losing him in the middle of a goal rush would be disappointing; there’s plenty of time to drop him when he’s out of sorts and can’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo.
Elsewhere, Francis Coquelin is fit once again and should be on the bench. With Ramsey and Xhaka running the show last Saturday, there’s no immediate rush to bring the Frenchman back. Having been out for a while, it makes sense for him to be introduced as a substitute this weekend, before a full ninety minutes at Southampton in next Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie.
The final ‘returnee’ is Hector Bellerin. Personally, I’d put him straight back into the starting line-up. As the squad’s only specialist right back – although Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy are still Arsenal players, they count as ‘in spirit only’ – Wenger has to play something of a waiting game with Bellerin. The Spaniard has endured a couple of absences this season and needs to be managed back to fitness. Better he returns in good shape and for the duration, than for a brief spell before disappearing off onto the sidelines once more.
On the plus side as well, Gabriel has done well in his absence. He’s not the most attack-minded, but this allows Ramsey to push forward more with the Brazilian sitting back and do his defensive job well.
All in all, a good report from the manager and one with which we can take strength ahead of a match we’ve got to win.