Arsene Wenger is ready to include both Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey in Arsenal's squad for their final pre-season games in a bid to rush them back to full fitness, reports The Telegraph.
Both players returned to London Colney this week after enjoying extended summer breaks following their respective exploits on the international stage. Sanchez guided Chile to a second Copa America title in the USA while Ramsey starred for Wales during their unlikely run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
Arsenal leave on their final pre-season preparations on Thursday where they play matches in Norway and Sweden before returning to England. Friday's game is against Norwegian outfit Viking FK while on Sunday they face Manchester City.
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The inclusion of both Ramsey and Sanchez in the travelling squad will come as a clear sign that he wants them to play a part against Liverpool on 14 August. Their opening Premier League game of the season is already being hampered by a number of missing squad members and Wenger clearly wants every possible option open to him.
Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny are all still on holiday and will only return to full training next week. That leaves them as major doubts for the game at the Emirates but Sanchez and Ramsey have a chance.
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Wenger's plans for the season ahead were dealt a huge blow when Per Mertesacker was ruled out for five months with a knee injury. With Gabriel Paulista missing the tour of the US, it left the Gunners with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to choose from. Luckily, they both performed well but facing Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane is going to be a completely different prospect.
There are also problems up front with Wenger struggling to agree a deal for top target Alexandre Lacazette. With Giroud absent, the Frenchman will have to choose between Sanchez and Theo Walcott to play in the central role against the Reds while Chuba Akpom is also being considered.
As long as neither Ramsey or Sanchez have a setback, both should be fit to play against Liverpool from the start. Their case is helped by the fact that the Copa America was over on 27 June while Ramsey was suspended for Wales' semi-final defeat against Portugal.
However, the news is not so good for Jack Wilshere who is set to be left behind after suffering a slight knee injury. Wenger appeared unconcerned by the setback when speaking earlier this week and suggested the midfielder would be fit for Friday. That has since proven not to be that case.
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