Arsenal have the very unusual prospect of having a fully fit squad for this weekend’s visit from Norwich City, says manager Arsene Wenger.
Talking ahead of another massive match for the Canaries, Wenger revealed that Santi Cazorla could make his first appearance for five months after suffering a serious knee injury in the corresponding fixture, last November.
That game finished 1-1 and I’m sure we’d all take a repeat of that score line if offered it before kick off.
Wenger also said that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also fit but will not be risked against the Canaries.
This is a flavour of what he said to his club’s official website:
On the team news:
‘Everyone is training, so that’s new for us. That’s the first time this season.’
‘It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first week in full training now, so I don’t think I will select him this weekend.’
On Santi Cazorla:
‘Santi might be in the squad this weekend, I don’t know yet. He is available. Everyone is available, but maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain is not competitive yet.’
Norwich will go into the game in deep relegation trouble and without Alex Tettey and Timm Klose, two players who could make a defensive difference in a game that is sure to test the Canaries’ back line.
Mesut Ozil famously said (allegedly) that City’s defence was ‘f@cking sh!t’ as he left the field at half time in the reverse fixture and without Klose, it’s unlikely that much will have happened to change his opinion in the last five months.