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Wenger To Gamble Ozil, Giroud At Leicester

Posted: Aug 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a bid to avoid another embarrassment this weekend Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to “gamble” on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.
The trio began club’s pre-season late after Euro 2016 which had huge setback on them even as they may have been exhausted, but Wenger needs a win to against the league champions which is a tall order.
This follows the fact that Leicester lost their league opener at Hull which was the first in recent times for a defending champion.
In same vein, Arsenal would be missing the services of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi as both players face three weeks out because of respective hamstring and thigh injuries.
A commentator Steve Wilson puts the records straight: “A crisis, it seems, is never far away in the rarefied air of the Premier League, and both Leicester and Arsenal are firmly in the sights of those merchants of doom.
“The fact that the clubs who finished as last season’s one and two both lost their opening games of the following season for the first time since 1953 is of historical interest, but not necessarily a great pointer to how they’ll fare over the next nine months.”
However, Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri is confident of good result for the season and on Riyad Mahrez he said: “We are now in the Champions League and we need something more to play against the big teams. Now he knows very well what I want and my expectations are higher, not only for Riyad but for all my players.
“He signed for four years, me too because I want to build. He wants to build something, Jamie (Vardy) wants to, Kasper Schmeichel, everybody. It is good.”
While Wenger is not bothered about new signings: “We have plenty of players who want to join us and I would say that even with the players who left, 99.5% of the players have asked to come back even when they left. It’s not so difficult to attract players.
“You are absolutely convinced that I do not want to spend the money, but I reassure you we are ready to spend the money. What I fight against is to think that the only way in football is to buy. To buy in itself is not a quality but to buy the good players is a quality, and I think this club has been built on that.”