Arsene Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of the Middlesbrough game:
on team news…Aaron Ramsey will be out, he has a little hamstring strain. Alexis is still not able to go out, he could be short again for Sunday. Jack Wilshere’s back in normal training but has been out for [more than two] months and misses competition. He worked very hard and is focused, committed, but it will take him a while to get back to competitive level.
on whether Ramsey has an underlying problem…We haven’t found the underlying reason. There is an underlying reason that is certainly medical or bio-mechanical because he is a guy who is serious, works hard, has a controlled and disciplined life, so there’s no obvious reason why he should have muscular problems.
"[Jack] worked very hard and is focused, committed, but it will take him a while to get back to competitive level"
on whether he would change his training regime…No, we have individualised training for the players and prevention. I don’t think that is any special case that has been neglected, it’s just that we have to find a reason why that happens. It’s not a major injury, it’s a Grade One, a small injury, a small muscle problem.
on whether it will keep Ramsey out for about two weeks…Yes.
on Jack Wilshere…He’s motivated and focused to come back as quickly as possible. He worked very hard but he has still been out for [more than two] months and what he needs now is to get back. Competition gives you that sharpness that training cannot give you because it’s about a combination of fitness and decision-making - and speed of decision-making. It takes a while to get that back.
on Arteta, Debuchy and Oxlade-Chamberlain…The closest of the three is Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Referee: Mike Dean
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