Arsene Wenger has revealed good news on the injury front revealing three long-term absentees are close to a first team return.
Francis Coquelin, out for three months with a knee problem, has returned to full training today, Tomas Rosicky will feature for the under-21s tomorrow evening and Danny Welbeck is due to partake in his first full session of the season next week.
Mesut Ozil, who sat out last weekend’s game at Stoke, and Alexis Sanchez, sidelined by hamstring problem for nearly eight weeks, are also expected to feature in the squad against Chelsea.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Wenger revealed: “Compared to last week we have no big problems for the squad.
“The good news it that Ozil certainly will be available. Sanchez has the next two days to be decisive, but this time I think he’ll make it.
He added: “Coquelin is back in full training ahead of schedule, Welbeck will be in full training next week; that’s positive news.
“Rosicky will play tomorrow night with the u-21s. We have a few players coming back at an important period now.”
Ozil and Sanchez aside, it remains to be seen how quickly the returning players are integrated into the playing squad. Either way, it’s a real bonus at a time of year when the games come thick and fast.