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Team news: Giroud, Ramsey and Nacho

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

He revealed updates on Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal and this is what he had to say:

on the latest team news…

From Tuesday night we’ve lost Lucas for a while with an ankle injury. I think he’ll be out for six to eight weeks. We have Giroud back available and Aaron Ramsey will be in the squad. We are [almost] in November, they have not played so it’s good to have them back. We have a few uncertainties over Walcott, Monreal and Cazorla, but they will all have tests today.

on Giroud and Ramsey…

They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey, because he has not played at all yet. He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.

on Lucas getting injured just as he was getting more minutes…

Yes it’s very frustrating because he worked very hard to get there. Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick. It’s a similar tackle to [the one from] Xhaka [against Swansea], but there was no red card. But the red card would not have helped Lucas. What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks.

on whether Theo Walcott is ill…

No, he is not ill. There is a slight hamstring alert, a very minor one. He will have a test today.

on whether Theo will be available to face Ludogorets…

He should be OK for Tuesday. If it’s not tomorrow, it’s OK for Tuesday.

on Nacho’s injury…

He has a little muscle tightness.

 

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