Date: 2nd March 2017 at 1:22pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger’s pre Liverpool press conference has now taken place and it’s starting to filter through – here he talks about team news and Santi Cazorla.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week ahead of the game against Liverpool at Anfield, Wenger confirmed we did have a couple of issues but it would be a strong squad and he can welcome back a couple of people.

‘We have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad. He’s back in full training. Laurent Koscielny, who we lost at Bayern Munich, is back in full training as well.’

Mohamed Elneny is still out for three odd weeks with the ankle problem he picked up at Sutton United. But we welcome back Olivier Giroud as well for this one.

‘Elneny has an ankle problem that should be sorted out in three weeks. He got injured at Sutton and will not be available for Saturday’s game. Olivier Giroud is back in the squad as well.’

Asked whether Danny Welbeck was now ready to start, Wenger confirmed they had taken it steady with him but he was in contention from the beginning of the game if he wanted to go in that direction.

‘He’s in contention. Yes we’ve been careful because he had ups and downs with his response to his knee problem. I followed the advice of our medical staff.’

In terms of Santi Cazorla with news of him being ruled out for the remainder of the season with his ongoing issue, Wenger explained that he was ‘especially sad’ for the player as everyone had hoped he would return to fitness before the end of the campaign.

‘It is very frustrating for us because, at the start of the season, he was maybe the star of the team. Overall it is a big loss for us but I am especially sad for him. For a guy who loves football, when football is so natural, he suffers a lot not to be on the pitch.’

With reports of him being ruled out for the campaign, Wenger wouldn’t confirm that but he did acknowledge with how long he’s been out any return this year wouldn’t see him at full fitness.

‘I am not specialised enough to know if he`s out for the season. It`s a special problem on his calf. At the moment, the only thing I can say because I have not seen him in training, not even in fitness work, is that he`ll be short to return this season.’

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