'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.


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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