There was some very encouraging news for Arsenal on the injury front yesterday, after Jack Wilshere posted a video on a social network site of him moving freely without his protective boot and calmly slotting a penalty past a young player in the team he coaches.
Apparently, the Gunners could now have him back around a month earlier than previously thought, which would see him back in the squad around the end of this month, and with a bit of luck that would leave just the unlucky Mathieu Debuchy in the treatment room.
We are still waiting on the fitness of Abou Diaby and Serge Gnabry, who have just a single appearance between them this season but according to physioroom.com three other Gunners currently out of action could all be available to face Man City at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.
Our club captain Mikel Arteta has been out with a calf problem since the win over Dortmund in late November and was expected back in training this week, but now the Guardian has reported that he has had a setback and will still be out for another four weeks.
Kieran Gibbs is due to have a fitness test to assess the state of his ankle but there is a good chance the England international left back will be okay to play. His international team mate Danny Welbeck is in a similar situation although his thigh injury is more likely to keep him out a little bit longer.
But Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott will all be closer to match fitness and all three could start or at least feature. Things are finally looking up for Arsenal but how many times have we heard that before? Let’s just hope that we have seen the worst of the injury problems.