Arsenal without Mustafi and Ramsey for trip to West Ham

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will miss the Premier League trip to West Ham

GETTY Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will miss the Premier League trip to West Ham

In fact the only starts for the 31-year-old in 2017/18 have come in the Europa League and Carabao Cup and the forward is preparing to leave the Emirates Stadium in the New Year, with the Mirror reporting both Crystal Palace and West Ham United are interested. It is hard to take, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side.

"That's why I admired sumo in Japan". Because in sumo, you can never tell which guy has won.

"It happened to us, it happened to them, it's unfortunate but ideally you would commit 100, 200 per cent on the pitch and be an angel after but it is not always the case". He doesn't show his happiness out of respect to his opponent.

'He has told me the things he wanted to tell me, which is totally logical and I understand. And that shows how deep the culture is there of the respect of each other.

Mustafi missed Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton with a thigh injury, and the German global has not recovered in time for the visit to the London Stadium.

Ramsey played 90 minutes against Southampton but finished the game nursing a strain.

Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud are pressing for a first start to the season.

It was Giroud's 17th goal as a substitute in the Premier League, matching the record he now jointly holds with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"He's not a sub for me, he's a regular player", said Wenger.

"He's a very important player and I have big respect for him. He's not wasted his time".

Rumours of a departure have resurfaced but Wenger restates his admiration for Giroud: "Personally I want him to stay until the end of the season and then we will see". "I can understand the frustration of every player who doesn't play, but as well that's part of the job when you go to a big club".

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