3 injury boosts, 2 ineligible: Arsenal team news pre-City

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on July 14, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on July 14, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have positive injury news on three players ahead of the FA Cup semi-final, but two more are ineligible for the Manchester City clash.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal and Bernd Leno of Arsenal interact at full-time after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta of Arsenal and Bernd Leno interact at full-time on June 17, 2020. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

Arsenal confirm Bernd Leno is outside running again after his moderate ligament sprain. He’s planning to start ball drills again in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Calum Chambers is running and integrating outside with light ball work. The club still aren’t rushing him, only stating that he’ll keep training through the off-season, aiming to return to training ‘as soon as possible’ in 2020.

In a further piece of good news, Mesut Özil is no longer on Arsenal’s team news updates. After weeks of saying he’s “being assessed” ahead of every game, it seems he’s finally fit to play. The German returned to squad training this week.

This doesn’t mean he will play, of course. He wasn’t making appearances even before his back soreness problem. But the issue can no longer come down to fitness, it’s a selection or behind-the-scenes decision now.

Unfortunately, Cedric Soares is cup-tied for the Manchester City clash. He featured in the third round against Huddersfield for Southampton, meaning he can’t play in the competition for Arsenal.

Eddie Nketiah will join Cedric in watching on from outside the squad at Wembley, as the striker has the final game of his three-match suspension to serve.

Arsenal also gave us updates on Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli on Thursday, if you want to read the latest here.