Arsenal team news: Emery confirms boost but duo remain doubts for Everton trip
Unai Emery has confirmed a fitness boost ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Everton but two other players could miss the game.
Arsenal will be looking to reclaim third place in the Premier League table with a win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Unai Emery has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a full team news and injury update including the latest on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
Koscielny missed Monday night’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United due to a bruised foot while Xhaka sat out that match with a groin injury that he sustained while playing for Switzerland during the international break late last month.
Ramsey played a key role in our win over the Magpies after scoring the opening goal at the Emirates earlier this week but the midfielder limped off mid-way through the second half with a groin problem.
The team news update published on Arsenal.com on Friday morning suggested that Koscielny, Xhaka and Ramsey would all be assessed ahead of Sunday’s crucial trip to Everton.
Emery has now provided a further update and revealed that Ramsey has taken part in full training today so it sounds like the Welsh international should be available for the clash at Goodison Park.
However, the Arsenal boss also confirmed that Xhaka and Koscielny are yet to resume full training so they are running out of time to prove their fitness ahead of this weekend’s trip to Merseyside.
Emery told Football London at his press conference:
“We are waiting on tomorrow’s training, some players – Xhaka, Koscielny – didn’t train with us today. They are working with the physios.”
“Today Aaron Ramsey started training normally and the other players are well.”
It’s a big boost that Ramsey is back in training as he’s been in excellent for in recent games but let’s hope Koscielny and Xhaka are able to make the squad as it would be a big blow to be without them against Everton.
Lucas Torreira is certain to miss the game as he’ll serve the final game of his three-match suspension while Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck remain out with long-term injuries.