Arsenal missing Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil for New Year Cardiff clash
Arsene Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky ahead of Wednesday’s home match against Cardiff City
December 31st, 2013
Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have definitely been ruled out of proceedings, while Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs will also miss the match against the Bluebirds, with the Arsenal manager admitting that there’s a potential injury crisis at the Emirates.
Wenger might be thankful of such an easy New Year’s Day fixture against a Cardiff side still searching for a new manager after Malky Mackay was recently sacked by the Welsh club, with Arsenal hoping to retain top spot.
“You need a good memory because we have plenty of problems,” said Wenger. “Ramsey and Özil are out. Ramsey (for) three weeks and Özil has seen a specialist last night, I haven’t got a report yet.
“We lost Gibbs at Newcastle with a calf strain. We have as well Monreal and Vermaelen, who are not sure to be ready because they come just back from illness, then we have uncertainty about Rosicky, Wilshere and Walcott.
“We lost Giroud with an ankle problem at Newcastle, so this morning will be more a medical check to see who will be available for tomorrow’s game.”
Wenger has admitted that he hasn’t ruled out the prospect of signing new players despite Olivier Giroud intimating that the striker would be disappointed if another forward was to be added to the squad.
“We are like many clubs, we are certainly on alert if something special turns up we will not turn it down, but we are not as well desperate because we have a big depth in our squad,” the Frenchman said.
“We have shown that because our midfield for example at West Ham and at Newcastle was completely different – we changed three players and we still managed to have a very strong team.”