Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are fit to face Burnley in Saturday’s FA Cup 4th round clash at the Emirates.
Coquelin hasn’t played since 21 November when he limped off at West Bromwich Albion with medial knee ligament damage while Rosicky hasn’t played at all this season after undergoing knee surgery in the summer.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger’s latest squad fitness update also included news on other long-term absentees; Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.
“Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training. Tomas is also available for selection.
“Danny Welbeck is not completely ready but he is not far. He needs a game or two because he’s been out since last April. The Stoke [under-21] game [on 30 January] is too soon because he only had one session with the team, and that is too short.
“Mertesacker is out because of the red card, and everybody else is available, apart from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. After that it is just a question of selection and decision-making, that is the key.
“Jack and Santi are progressing well but they are at least a few weeks away. But these two apart, it is just about competitiveness and match fitness.”