Wenger-2015

Wenger Rules Out Ramsey, Walcott; Wary Of “Physical” West Brom

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out three key players from Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom.

“Hector Bellerin is back, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are not available. Theo Walcott still needs one or two weeks." Wenger said during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Arsenal are second in the table and have been tipped for a title challenge, but Wenger is wary of the threat posed by struggling West Brom.

“They are an organised team. Tony Pulis is fully committed. You expect a physical and fast game," the Frenchman said.


Wenger has criticised the decision to call off Tuesday night’s friendly between Germany and Holland over the threat of terrorism.

The game in Hannover was cancelled just 90 minutes before kick-off due to security fears after a suspect package was found.

It came just four days after the Paris terror attacks, which included a series of explosions outside the Stade de France where Germany were playing.

However, Arsenal boss Wenger believes it was wrong to cancel their fixture against the Dutch in midweek.

He said: “The danger in this situation is to over-react a little bit and I think that is what the terrorists want."

He revealed he was not far away from the terror attacks which took place in Paris last week.

The Arsenal manager was back in his home country when 129 people were slaughtered by Islamic State terrorists in the French capital on Friday.

The attack left a further 400 people injured. 221 people remained in hospital – 57 of them in intensive care on Wednesday.

“I was not far from the events,” Wenger said. “To discover how much your own citizens hate you is a big shock.”

Wenger says he “didn’t recognise” Koscielny as a player during the friendly between France and England on Tuesday and will speak to the defender to check his state of mind to play West Brom.

 Wenger was asked about his comments that he believes doping is still a problem in football. 

He said: “What I want is deeper tests and better tests. When people are caught they need to be punished.”

Wenger was at Wembley on Tuesday night as tributes were paid to those that lost their lives in the French capital on Friday evening.

“It showed the class of England. The arch of Wembley in French colours was very significant.”
 

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