Perez out, Ram­sey back for Arse­nal

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STRIKER Lu­cas Perez faces six to eight weeks on the side­lines with an an­kle in­jury, but mid­fielder Aaron Ram­sey is in con­tention to make his long-awaited re­turn against Sun­der­land, man­ager Arsene Wenger said yes­ter­day.

Spa­niard Perez, who has scored twice for Arse­nal since join­ing from De­portivo La Coruna in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow, limped off in the sec­ond half of Tues­day's 2-0 League Cup vic­tory af­ter a tackle by Read­ing's Danzell Graven­berch.

Wales in­ter­na­tional Ram­sey, whose only Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance this sea­son came in the 4-3 de­feat by Liver­pool dur­ing which he suf­fered a ham­string in­jury, has been in­cluded in the squad for Satur­day's trip to the Sta­dium of Light.

Wenger felt that the tackle on Perez was de­lib­er­ate, and could have been avoided.

"We lost Perez for a while with an an­kle in­jury. Hope­fully he will re­cover but I think it will be six-eight weeks out," Wenger told re­porters.

"We have (Olivier) Giroud back, Aaron Ram­sey will be in the squad.

"Very frus­trat­ing - he (Perez) worked very hard to get there. He's ab­so­lutely gut­ted, it's an in­jury that came from nowhere. A stupid one - a de­lib­er­ate kick.

"We have a few un­cer­tain­ties about (Theo) Wal­cott, (Na­cho) Mon­real, (Santi) Ca­zorla. All tests to­day."

Along with ri­vals Tottenham Hot­spur, Arse­nal are un­beaten on their road trav­els in the league, but Wenger urged cau­tion against bot­tom-placed Sun­der­land, whom he be­lieves are bet­ter than cur­rent form sug­gests.

"Their main dan­ger is (Jer­main) De­foe, and they are good on set-pieces with (Wahbi) Khazri. They are dan­ger­ous on set-pieces," he added.

"Over­all they are a team who is in a bad po­si­tion but it's very tight at the top and very tight at the bot­tom."

Arse­nal are sec­ond in the stand­ings, be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City on goal dif­fer­ence. — Reuters

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