Arsenal face a tough schedule in the coming weeks, starting with the visit of Leicester City on Sunday.
A huge title clash, the Gunners will have everyone who was available for Bournemouth on Sunday in the squad again, and Mohamed Elneny should be back after his wife gave birth last weekend.
Arsène Wenger still won’t be able to call upon Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla or Tomas Rosicky, though some of the injured players are edging closer to a return. Welbeck played against Brighton u21s a week ago and will feature for the u21 game against Swansea City on Monday night, there’s a good chance he could make his first first team appearance since April in the FA Cup against in Hull in just over a week.
“He is doing well, it is a bit early for him maybe but he is now back to full power in training,” Wenger said to the official club website.
“It is a big possibility [he could be involved against Hull next week]. We gave him one or two days recovery after the under-21 game, but now he is back in full training. He has worked very hard and he is fit.”
That means, if there are no complications, he’ll be ready for the squads to face Barcelona and Manchester United before the month ends.
There was also a positive update on Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere is closer to a comeback than he’s been all season.
“They are back running, they are on a fitness programme now so it means it is not a question of months anymore, it is a question of weeks for them to be back.”
Still in three competitions, Wenger will be delighted to have something close to a full squad as the season nears its conclusion.