Arsenal are set to introduce a key duo back for this weekends Premier League action, as they welcome London rivals Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger will be faced with a massive selection decision following the dropping of points at both Stoke City and Liverpool, which cut the Gunners lead at the top of the table.
However, the boss has revealed he’ll have a number of players back at his disposal for the Chelsea tie, a key reassurance for the fans as his side aim to maintain the pace with Manchester City.
During Thursday mornings press conference Wenger ensured that he would be willing to make changes, with new signing Mohamed Elneny in the frame to start.
From Stoke: The boss announced that there were no fresh injuries from the 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon, meaning he could have a few more options on the bench this week.
Alexis Sanchez: It has been reiterated that Alexis is in contention to play this weekend, but the next two days will yet again be decisive as to whether the Chilean starts. Alexis last played for the Gunners during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City on November 29th, so he’ll be itching to get back out.
Mesut Ozil: The news that everyone wanted to hear, and after missing the Stoke City clash with a “slight foot injury” it turns out the midfield maestro is available. He was missed against the Potters and now his presence against a shaky Chelsea defence will be key.
Danny Welbeck: Things keep getting better when we hear about the strikers progress, and the latest update is that Welbeck is aiming to be back in full training next week. He will however need some game time so expect it to be a couple of weeks before we see him in a first team line-up.
Francis Coquelin: In terms of long-term injuries the Frenchman is looking likely to be the first back, and Wenger admitted he was ahead of schedule. He’s now back in full training which is extraordinary considering his return date was due to be around mid-February.
Tomas Rosicky: Although he may struggle to get a look-in with this new squad the 35-year-old will make a return to match action tomorrow night. The Under 21’s feature at home against Swansea tomorrow night and Wenger will inevitably hand the midfielder at least 45 minutes.
Other Injuries: There were no updates for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla who remain on the sidelines and are targeting a return within the next four weeks. When the pair return it will provide some much-needed competition in the midfield area.