Ramsey ruled out of Arsenal’s trip to Villa but Giroud set to return
Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa on Monday night as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury
Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa on Monday night as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Wales international, who has been one of the Gunners’ standout performers this season, has not featured since picking up the problem in the 3-1 win at West Ham on Boxing Day.
Wenger also confirmed that left-back Kieran Gibbs has a small chance of featuring at Villa Park following his calf strain.
Giroud needed a rest physically and I’m convinced he will come back refresh and score again
“Aaron Ramsey will not make Aston Villa,” said Wenger. “Kieran Gibbs has a little chance to be back.”
Striker Olivier Giroud is likely to return after the France international missed Arsenal’s last two games due to a combination of illness and an ankle problem.
“Giroud needed a rest physically and I’m convinced he will come back refreshed and score again,” added Wenger.
The north Londoners have also been boosted by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit and available for selection after coming through an Under-21 game against Fulham on Thursday night.
The England international has not featured for Arsenal since picking up a knee injury in the opening-day defeat by Aston Villa at The Emirates.
“What is most important is that he played last night and did well,” said Wenger of Oxlade-Chamberlain. “I wouldn’t have any hesitation on playing him against Aston Villa.”