Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Aaron Ramsey will not be fit to return for the Gunners to take on Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Monday, but there is good news on the fitness front elsewhere in the squad.
After five months out with a knee complaint, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came through 45 minutes of play against Fulham for the U21 side last night, and should be available for the Villa Park clash.
Olivier Giroud has recovered from both a knock and illness to take his place at the forefront of the Gunners’ attack, while superstar playmaker Mesut Ozil is ready to start after his shoulder injury.
Kieran Gibbs remains touch and go to face Aston Villa, but Arsenal have Spain international Nacho Monreal in reserve who is a more than capable replacement.
Finally, Thomas Vermaelen is likely to be a little short for the trip due to the cut to the knee he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.