Arsene Wenger says Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal could both feature against AC Milan on Thursday as they work their way back from knee and back problems respectively.
Bellerin started last Sunday’s defeat to Brighton on the bench before missing the trip to the San Siro and today’s 3-0 win over Watford, while Monreal hasn’t featured since being substituted in the first half of the League Cup defeat to Manchester City.
“Bellerin is in quite a good way,” Wenger revealed on Sunday. “He could be available for Thursday, yes. And Monreal as well.”
Given the Europa League represents the Gunners best chance of making next season’s Champions League, Wenger admitted that some first team players were rested as a precaution for the visit of the Hornets.
He said: “I made six changes. I wanted to preserve some players, like Koscielny, who has a little calf problem. With Ramsey I was cautious. Wilshere had given a lot on Thursday night, we had a very physical game on Thursday night.”
While Mesut Ozil appears to have come through today’s game unscathed, despite a kick to the ankle, the same can’t be said of Shkodran Mustafi, scorer of the opening goal, who had to go off after the break.
“It’s a groin problem,” confirmed Wenger when asked about the centre-back. “We don’t know how bad. They told me they have to check tomorrow.”