David Ornstein thinks Arsenal are in good shape and making strong and enthusiastic progress towards the return of Premier League football.

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on May 22, 2020. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

We’re now less than a fortnight away from the return of Premier League football, with Arsenal to face Manchester City at 8pm on Wednesday, June 17th. That match will take place behind-closed-doors but live on Sky Sports in the UK.

As a result, the question is shifting from whether football will return to whether Arsenal will be ready when it does. They’re facing one of the best teams in the country away from home to kick things off, so they better be.

Fortunately, David Ornstein says he’s hearing positive things about the squad and their willingness to get playing again.

“I’ve heard that Arsenal are in pretty good shape, itching to go, the players all enthusiastic,” Ornstein said on the Handbrake Off podcast. “From what I’ve heard, the fitness is good, the enthusiasm is good, the training sessions are going well.

“One thing that’s clear from speaking to people (at Arsenal) is they were really pleased with momentum they had built up on the pitch before the lockdown.

“They were eager to get back playing & see if they can make a final push for Champions League qualification or to finish the season on a high. Everybody I spoke to at Arsenal was keen for the season to resume.”

Unlike clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, Arsenal had a lot of motivation to restart the season. They wouldn’t make the Champions League if the campaign ended early on points-per-game. They might not even make the Europa League.

Plus, they have an ongoing FA Cup campaign to look forward to. It’s up to the players to make it a positive comeback now.