Red Bull Arena

Next Game

New York Red Bulls v Arsenal

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 22:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Boreham Wd 0 - 2 Arsenal

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Arsenal options please Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal's strength in midfield can give them an edge in the Premier League title race.

Last Updated: 25/02/14 at 17:39 Post Comment

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal midfielder impressed by their midfield options

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal midfielder impressed by their midfield options

Arsenal trail leaders Chelsea by just a point heading into the final dozen matches of the campaign, although third-place Manchester City have a game in hand.

Much had been made of Arsenal's lack of attacking back-up for main frontman Olivier Giroud following the season-ending injury to Theo Walcott, but Arsene Wenger certainly has plenty of options in a supporting role.

Arteta had returned to the starting XI in Saturday's 4-1 win over Sunderland following suspension for the UEFA Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, with Mathieu Flamini on the bench.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in sublime form before a thigh injury sidelined him on Boxing Day, is close to a return - all of which will bolster Arsenal's selection choices for the run-in.

"It helps the team because we can rotate players and we can play differently," Arteta said on Arsenal Player.

"We can play with two [in midfield] and it gives us another option.

"No-one has been able to play every game this season. I think the league is getting more demanding, you need a big squad, you can't afford to have only 11 players."

The imminent return of Ramsey will be a welcome boost for Wenger ahead of a testing run of fixtures next month.

Arsenal face an FA Cup quarter-final against Everton followed by the return leg of their European tie in Germany, and then the north London derby on March 16 before showdowns against title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

A trip to Stoke's Britannia Stadium is hardly the ideal preparation for a run of games which is likely to shape Arsenal's season.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, though, maintains the Gunners are ready to meet those challenges head on.

"We know what to expect. Stoke away is always a tough game," Wilshere said.

"We have to again press them high up the pitch and try to deal with the long balls they are going to play, so when we get the ball, we have to play."

Club record signing Mesut Ozil is expected to shake off the dead leg which kept him out of the Sunderland game, having been given some extra time away to recover.

Defender Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt with an injury to a buttock muscle. However, Laurent Koscielny (back) and Nacho Monreal (foot) are expected to be over minor knocks by this weekend.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City winger Jesus Navas hungry for more trophies

Jesus Navas believes Manchester City have the quality to win the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Premier League: Wayne Rooney wants Manchester United captaincy and title challenge

Wayne Rooney is keen to be named Man United captain and is confident the team can challenge for the title.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property