Arsene Wenger today revealed that every single member of his first-team squad is available for the upcoming league fixture, which is a first for the campaign.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla have been back in full training for this week, meaning there are no longer any players forced to sit on the sidelines, and the pair will be eager to get back into the first-team, especially with the European Championships coming up this summer.
There are only three matches remaining to prove their respective fitness to their international coaches, with Jack Wilshere likely to be selected despite a lack of football, while Santi cazorla and the Ox may miss out.
Wenger confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to be selected to feature against Norwich this weekend, having only had one weeks training since his return, but the Spaniard could well make the squad.
The Frenchman said: ‘Everyone is training, so that’s new for us. That’s the first time this season.
‘It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first week in full training now, so I don’t think I will select him this weekend.
‘Santi might be in the squad this weekend, I don’t know yet. He is available. Everyone is available, but maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain is not competitive yet.’
The last time we played Norwich City, we lost three key players to injury, with Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez having to be taken off within an hour, while Cazorla has not been able to feature since the last encounter. The Spaniard was described as finishing the game ‘on one-leg’.
The Canaries are in a relegation dog-fight currently, so maybe this would not be the best time for Cazorla to try and return to action…
Can we make it through the weekend with an injury-free squad?