Poor Arsenal have been suffering desperately from injuries for so long we have forgotten what our proper defensive line-up should look like, but with a glut of very tough fixtures coming up it is great to see that our injury crisis could be coming to an end at last. Arsenal.com has finally reported that these Gunners are all now back in training….
Hector Bellerin – Returned to full training. (Left calf)
Laurent Koscielny – Returned to full training. (Back spasm during warm-up at Blackpool)
Dinos Mavropanos – Returned to full training. (Groin)
Shkodran Mustafi – Returned to full training. (Right hamstring)
Nacho Monreal – Returned to full training. (Right hamstring)
Mesut Ozil – Returned to full training. (Left knee)
That is a full back line of defenders back in contention for our month from hell coming up. Hopefully most of them can get some matchplay against West Ham, although some, like Mavropanos, may need a bit longer after a long time on the sidelines, but with the massive home game against Chelsea the following week we will need as many of our big guns back as possible. A win against them could see us bang back in contention for the Top Four…
The following weekend will see us take on a resurgent Man United for a place in the next round of the FA Cup, then after a little respite against Cardiff, we then have our hardest game in the next month away at Manchester City. Pep’s side are back on song after a blip and will be all out to catch Liverpool at the top of the table. We should have no problem beating West Ham and Cardiff, but who would like to predict the results of the other three matches?