Arsenal Boss Confirms Triple Blow After Ruling Key Trio Out Of Liverpool Clash

By on August 6, 2016

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed a triple blow after ruling Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny out of  Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Liverpool.

Ozil is due to return to pre-season training today after being granted an extended break following his exploits with Germany at Euro 2016 where he helped them reach the semi-finals before crashing out to France.

Koscielny and Giroud both played for the hosts in the final defeat to Portugal in Paris last month and the duo aren’t expected to start their pre-season preparations until Monday morning.

With just over a week to go before the Gunners welcome Jurgen Klopp’s men to the Emirates, Wenger has confirmed that the trio won’t be available to face the Merseysiders on Sunday 14th.

He told Arsenal.com:

on Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud…

Liverpool would come too early.

Wenger was speaking after Arsenal’s resounding 8-0 friendly win over Viking in Norway last night where Santi Cazorla got a vital 90 minutes under his belt so he could now be winning his race to be match fit to face Liverpool.

Jack Wilshere is also a doubt for next weekend after missing Arsenal’s tour of Scandinavia with a minor knee injury while Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are certain to miss out with long-term injuries.

It will therefore come as a huge blow for the North Londoners to be without Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny for the Liverpool game. Wenger should have adequate cover for Ozil and Koscielny but the Frenchman is lacking options up front and may have little choice but to start Theo Walcott through the middle next weekend.

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2 Comments

  1. ivor

    August 6, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Blaming fitness at the start of every season is the excuse for failure, it is boring and Wenger is giving fans a message of no hope once again. The wind up by the Arsenal board by not telling us what they are up to in transfers and leaving press to tell fans lies is a recipe for fan removal.

  2. Bakri

    August 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    These players have had enough rest and it was not a long time to make them lack match fitness. By doing so Arsenal like the last two seasons are going to lose the first match of the season and that will be a bad start . There is more than a week to go before the match these players should intensify their training and go to the Jim daily to be more than fit. Wenger should know that he failed to sign the right players and the to rest three of the most important player especially Koscielny will raise question about the credibility of Mr Wenger as a good coach

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