Arsenal legend claims Wenger's hopes rest on Europa League triumph


Arsenal's most talented midfielder Mesut Ozil has had time off sick quite a few times this season and it would appear that he is set to miss the second leg of our Europa League tie against Ostersunds on Thursday as well.

Arsenal and Manchester City will battle it out in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, four days before they meet again in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.

So once this last-32 clash is navigated, and Arsenal move into March's last-16 and possibly April's quarter-finals, there will come a point when they have to take this competition more seriously than anything else. Arsenal have won both previous meetings with Man City at Wembley - 3-0 in the 2014 Community Shield, and 2-1 in last season's FA Cup semi-final.

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Cech, who won three league cups with Chelsea, says being left out of the final is just part and parcel of being a footballer but admits being a spectator is always hard.

Ramsey's return from injury is a welcome boost and if he's passed fit to start then he could be involved with fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka also available. He returned to training on Wednesday but the manager will not risk him for the Europa League game as he will be keen to keep him fresh for the game against Pep Guardiola's side on Sunday. [Ramsey] is not in the squad tomorrow, he had a good training session.

"It [the Europa League] is one of the priorities we have but there's a long way to go". Alex Iwobi is also expected to start, and he is also a good option at 23/10 odds at Paddypower.

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Wenger confirmed Danny Welbeck will get another chance to start in his favoured centre-forward role, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied and Alexandre Lacazette on the mend following knee surgery.

"He [Lacazette] is doing well".

"It should be four weeks, maybe three-and-a-half weeks, but overall he's doing well".

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Madrid made a lackadaisical start and Navas' replacement Kiko Casilla was picking the ball out of his net in the sixth minute. Ramos scored from the penalty spot after Mateo Kovacic was pushed inside the area in the closing minutes.

And Wenger is not about to change tack now, despite Arsenal having a meeting with Manchester City for the first piece of domestic silverware of the season.