Arsenal face West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League, the game before our semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, and Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update ahead of the game.
There are some ongoing issues for the manager to deal with, but there was potentially good news about Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his return.
Speaking to the press this morning about the fitness of the players, Wenger said, “We have some uncertainty about Wilshere. It’s a small problem with his ankle.
“Mkhitaryan is not back, and Ospina is available again.”
The manager was asked about Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a nasty cut in the 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow last week.
“He has not participated in full training but he is practicing in non-contact,” he said, “but he’s available for Sunday.”
As for the Armenian international, doubts that he was going to miss the rest of the season seem to have been dispelled.
“Mkhitaryan is running again,” said the Frenchman. “We has to progress him in next 3-4 days to see how much intensity we can put in his training sessions.”
And on when he might play again, he continued, “Possibly Thursday, at the earliest.”
Wenger also hinted he’d play a strong team against the Hammers despite the upcoming game with Atletico the following Thursday.
“I rested some players after Moscow, so they will need a game,” he said. “It’s not so much rest, but preparation.”