Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Hector Bellerin has returned to training and Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to join him next week.
The full back has been out for a few weeks with a muscle injury but Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday that the youngster was back in full training.
About Ramsey and the Ox, Wenger said “Ramsey should be available on Monday, and maybe Chamberlain as well.”
Walcott, however, despite being ahead of schedule, will still miss another few weeks meaning that the original timeframe put on his absence was, once again, underestimated.
“He [Walcott] is doing well,” Wenger said. “He could be a bit ahead of schedule but still you count a few weeks more while Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck will be later.”
Arsenal travel to West Brom on Saturday knowing that a win will keep them joint top at the very least. With Man City facing Liverpool in the late kick-off, they have a chance to go three points clear, at least for a few hours, placing all the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Alexis Sanchez is still not 100% after playing the full 90 for Chile while carrying a calf injury while Wenger admitted he would talk to Laurent Koscielny who was visibly upset before the France game at Wembley on Tuesday.
“I will talk with him [Kos],” Wenger added. “It’s a big game for us. I have not talked to him yet, but I will talk to him to see if he’s completely recovered and focused.”