Arsene Wenger gives fitness updates on Ozil and Ramsey

Date published: Wednesday 21st February 2018 2:01

Arsene Wenger has a major question mark over the fitness of Aaron Ramsey, while Mesut Ozil has missed training this week.

The Gunners face Man City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, but not before they face Ostersund at The Emirates on Thursday – 3-0 up from the first leg of their Europa League clash.

Ramsey trained with his team-mates on Wednesday morning but a groin injury means he will not feature against Ostersund and is still a doubt for the meeting with Manchester City.

“He’s not in the squad tomorrow,” Wenger confirmed when asked about Ramsey’s availability.

“He had a good training session but he’s a bit short for tomorrow. We’ll see how his evolution goes now from today until Sunday.

“I don’t rule him out yet, it depends on how well he can improve with the intensity of training until Sunday.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will start on Thursday as he is ineligible for the cup final, having played for Manchester United earlier in the competition.

Surprisingly, Ozil played the whole 90 minutes of the opening leg against Ostersund in sub-zero conditions.

He will be absent this time around due to illness, although Wenger believes he will be fine to feature in the final.

“Mesut was sick,” he added.

“Today was his first training session. He was in bed on Monday and Tuesday with sickness. I would certainly have played him but he was sick.

“He will have to work hard and he will not be involved tomorrow. He should be OK for Sunday.”

 

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