Olivier Giroud has returned to training, along with Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck, but Theo Walcott is still out with illness.

Arsenal travel to face FC Köln in the Europa League on Thursday. With Welbeck, Walcott and Giroud out of training on Tuesday it was looking like the Gunners might need to turn to youth.

However, it appears Giroud and Welbeck are now back in contention, having both returned to training. Walcott is still out through illness. Wilshere also rejoined the group after he missed training on Tuesday.

Calum Chambers and Aaron Ramsey both also returned today, but I wouldn’t expect Ramsey to play any part on Thursday. The Welshman played last weekend and will likely play again on Sunday.

Chambers, on the other hand, could be involved. But only if there’s no risk of aggravating the same injury that flamed up during his last return to the side.

Arsenal’s injury list has significantly shortened over the last couple of weeks.

Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Jeff Reine-Adelaide are the only real absentees at this point, and the former’s absence is only through illness. Long may it continue, although from experience, it never does.

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