Wenger: Giroud, Ramsey both sidelined for several weeks

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On paper it may not be the most challenging match, but Arsenal will have to overcome Swansea without two key fixtures in the lineup on Saturday.

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Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday that both striker Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will each miss out on the clash against the Swans and could miss several more weeks beyond that.

“Giroud will not be available. Ramsey will not be available,” Wenger said. “I’m disappointed because Ramsey has worked very hard and he had a few little setbacks that forced us to be cautious with him. He’s on the last stage, he’s building up his fitness. Next week will come too early for him.

“We have decided that we will give him a complete pre-season now, even if he misses more games. Giroud will be the same. We have to build his fitness up again.”

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The French manager also addressed the prospects of facing Swansea, who pulled off a shocking win against the Gunners in 2015/16. The victory for the Swans proved to be a crushing blow for Arsenal in the club’s chances of winning the Premier League crown.

“Last year we had a very negative experience with Swansea that killed our chance to win the championship,” Wenger said. “We have to re-focus because all the players have been away. We have to show we can deal with being favourites, we didn’t always do it last season.”