Giroud 90% out through illness, Ozil faces fitness test


Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Sp*rs.

As expected Nicklas Bendtner is out after an ankle sprain against Cardiff on Wednesday, and while Olivier Giroud’s ankle is better the Frenchman is ill and looks likely to miss the game.

German international Mesut Ozil will face a fitness test on his shoulder, while Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey remain sidelined. Other than that there appears to a clean bill of health and a decent group for the manager to choose from.

However, he did hint that some players are carrying potential injuries which may impact on his team selection. “We want to win the next game, that is vital for us and I would only rest players who could get injured.”

The boss called on his team to perform against a Sp*rs side buoyed by recent results.

“You want to keep your focus and get into the competition with full power,” he said. “We haven’t drawn a small team. Tottenham got a good result at Manchester, their confidence will be up.”

Quotes via @arsenal


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