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Arsene Wenger has revealed his team is not physically ready for the season, after the club’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
The boss was without Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista for the game against Liverpool on Sunday after losing the duo to injury during pre-season, the French man also saw Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi suffer injuries in the game and he has now claimed his boys were not physically prepared for the season.
“Physically we are not ready,” Wenger told reporters at the Emirates Stadium.
“You are in a Catch 22 situation with the Euros — do you give the players a rest and start the season without many of your players? Or do they play in this kind of game and get injured, like Ramsey today?
“We had many players that played very late in the Euros. Ramsey, Koscielny, Ozil, Giroud, they went to the semi-finals (at least). We had four players who went very late.”
Arsenal will travel to the King Power Stadium next weekend to face league champions Leicester City and Wenger has revealed he will do his best to prepare his players and get them ready for the game.
“We will try, but when they have not enough preparation, they get injured,” he said.
“We have to be ready next week because we go to Leicester. But we’ll see first what we can do with the players who are preparing at the moment and how many players are injured today.
“Can they recover for next week? I don’t know. But we are not stupid. We prepared well the players we have in, but I think you have to consider we have been a bit unlucky as well.
“We have lost Mertesacker and Gabriel in preparation, and Koscielny is not fit. You have to sometimes accept that you cannot control absolutely everything, even if you try to be as intelligent as possible.”
However, there is a bit of hope as Koscielny, Ozil and Giroud will be available for selection this weekend.