Coming up to October Arsenal would normally have a long list of injuries with quite a lot of them long term, but right now our treatment room is very close to being emptied. First of all we have our captain Laurent Koscielny, who was thought to be out until after Christmas at least, but his recovery has been better than expected. He is now expected to return to training in a couple of weeks, but he will need at least a month to get back to full fitness.
Mesut Ozil missed our last game against Fulham with a ‘back spasm’ which sounds worrying, but apparently he has fully recovered and is back in training now..
Matteo Guendouzi was given a kick by a team-mate while training with France, but despite the photo with the ice pack on his leg he is expected to be available for next weekend’s game against Leicester….
Our new young star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also now returned to full training following a small fracture to his left fibula and should be available for selection very soon..
Not much has been said about Dinos Mavropanos’ groin injury but is yet to play for the Gunners this season. We can expect him to be fit enough to return to training before the end of the month…
Our only England international Danny Welbeck was withdrawn from England squad with minor hamstring issue. He will be assessed ahead of the Leicester game but is expected to be available…
And last but not least, we have Petr Cech, who amazingly is already back in training after looking dead and buried against Watford just a few weeks ago. He could even be available for the Leicester game and it will be very interesting to see if Emery re-instates him as his Number One….
So that’s all looking very positive to me. We just need to get this last round of internationals out of the way….