Arsene Wenger’s injury news on Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey
Written by Jeffrey on September 16, 2011 4:45
Not directly involved because of UEFA’s touchline ban, Arsenal manager finally spoke about Tuesday’s performance against Borussia Dortmund as he faced the media on Thursday afternoon.
Asked about the 1-1 at the Signal Iduna Park, the Frenchman explained that the players showed great spirit and great attitude against what he considers to be one of Europe’s most disciplined sides adding that in the two days of European football, Jürgen Klopp’s side was the one showing the best effort to win the ball back as a unit.
Believing that the draw was a fair result, the Arsenal boss declared that it’s too early to say whether the Gunners turned the corner as their objective is to show consistency which is just what they will be judged on at the end of the season.
On injury news, Wenger concluded by saying that midfielder Aaron Ramsey will undergo a late fitness test to decide whether he’s fit to face Blackburn on Saturday with Thomas Vermaelen back after the next international break and Jack Wilshere still four weeks away before he resumes training.
On Thursday, Wenger said:
[The Dortmund draw?] Overall I feel we have shown a great spirit, great attitude and it’s for me Dortmund is a very good side, in Europe, physically, one of the best teams and their team discipline and effort to win the ball back together, it’s the best I’ve seen this week in Europe.
We’ll see at the end of the Group Stage [if this draw is a good result] but overall you would think that the other teams can drop points, more than two.
Overall I feel that the draw is a fair result, Dortmund created some chances as well, they scored a little bit of what you can call sometimes a lucky goal but they were always putting pressure on us and always going forward.
[Turning the corner?] We want to show consistency, we have, of course, made the essential, to start to win games again and to make result.
We know that the quality of the season will be judged on our consistency. We have the desire, the spirit, the quality, it’s now just down to put the effort in every single game.
[Aaron Ramsey] had a little test [on Thursday], I don’t know, he will have practice tomorrow, he has a little chance to be available [for the Blackburn game]. [Thomas] Vermaelen is progressing very well, he will be available after the next international break.
I cannot give you any news [on Jack Wilshere] because he’s in a boot for one month, so, the test will come after four weeks.