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'Everybody deserves to start the game'

Arsene Wenger can’t call on Aaron Ramsey for Saturday’s game against Chelsea - but he still has a myriad of midfield options at his disposal.

One of those is Granit Xhaka, scorer of back-to-back long-range goals against Hull City and Nottingham Forest.

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Xhaka's stunning first Arsenal goal

 At his press conference on Friday, the boss was asked whether Granit has done enough to start the Chelsea game.

“We had a good game at Hull and we had a good game at Nottingham Forest,” replied Wenger. “I believe that everybody at the moment deserves to start the game and be in the squad, so I will decide that today [Friday].

“[The players have responded] very well [to the competition]. It’s always difficult to pick my team because everybody is doing well, we have seen that again against Nottingham Forest so it’s positive.

“We have a balanced, mature squad where there is a fight for every single position.”

 

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