By Editor Wayne Veysey
Arsene Wenger has ruled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey out of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday.
Speaking at his weekly media briefing on Thursday morning, the manager revealed that Hector Bellerin “is back” after missing the team’s last two matches with a groin injury.
But Wenger said Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey “are not available” for the weekend trip to the Hawthorns.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday night that the trio had returned to full training after injury absences and that Ramsey still had to convince Arsene Wenger that he is ready to return after a month out.
Ramsey has missed Arsenal’s last five matches with a hamstring problem while Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Bellerin (groin) have missed three and two matches respectively.
Wenger has publicly voiced fears that the team’s casualty list will derail their Premier League challenge and hopes of progressing through to the Champions League group stages.
Arsenal were without 10 senior players as they were trounced 5-1 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena earlier this month.
Wenger is expected to slot Bellerin straight back into the starting line-up, which could pave the way for the exit of Mathieu Debuchy.
The French right-back was told a fortnight ago by France manager Didier Deschamps that he needs to play regularly or leave the Gunners in the January window if he wants to play at Euro 2016.
Football Insider revealed on 19 October that Debuchy will ask for a winter transfer if he remains second choice to Bellerin.