Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are still a week away from regaining full fitness despite making second-half appearances against Leicester City in a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium. Arsenal were missing a target man up front with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain making the front three but Wenger believes another week of training should see the French striker back at his best.
The Gunners have accumulated only one point from their opening two games, losing 4-3 to Liverpool at the Emirates before the stalemate, raising questions about Wenger's team selection. Laurent Koscielny was back in the starting line-up and made some crucial tackles alongside Rob Holding, who was playing only his second game in the Premier League.
Santi Cazorla deputised for Ozil in the No 10 role as the German recuperates from his injuries in the Eruos. Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi are out injured but should be back after the international break to face Southampton.
"Giroud [and Ozil] should improve every week now. Ozil I think as well, one more week will get them closer," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.
The manager had good words for Holding, who did well to keep out the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, a major improvement from his debut against Liverpool. Wenger insists that the player is not given enough respect by the media as he does not cost a bomb like a few other players, who have transferred this summer.
"Look, we are a whole team working on strengthening the team. I am not the only one and unfortunately nobody speaks about the performance of Rob Holding today. You should be happy, he's English, he's 20 years old, but I am sorry, he did not cost £55m so he cannot be good and that is for me what is most disappointing for me. You don't speak about the performances of the players anymore, you just speak about money. Anything else than football. I believe that it's not right," Wenger added.