Arsenal head into their clash with Burnley on Sunday with nothing but good news. Arsene Wenger told reporters that the team cruised through their midweek game with FC Basel unscathed and everyone will be available to selection on the weekend.
Furthermore, Francis Coquelin’s status is far better than previously feared:
“Coquelin is looking much better than expected, he’ll have a test today but I still think he’ll be short for Sunday,” said the manager. “His medial ligament was not damaged, but we have to be cautious.”
After leaving the Chelsea game and seen in a leg brace, there were fears the midfielder would miss a lot of time. However, it now appears Coquelin could be available after the international break ends. The depth will be welcome as the fixtures pile up but returns us to the selection headache at the heart of the team.
Which gets hairier with the return of Aaron Ramsey. Still short for Burnley and internationals, which irked a rather vocal Chris Coleman, Ramsey is in training and Wenger expects he should return to fitness after the interlull as well.
Olivier Giroud remains sidelined with his injured toe and no timeline is indicated for the striker. Which is understandable because that’s what you kick with... it is soccer after all.