Hector Bellerin, Kristoffer Olsson and Semi Ajayi all joined the first-team squad for their final training session at London Colney this morning ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich.
The inclusions of Olsson and Ajayi, who featured as the U21s lost 2-1 to Reading last night, were not too surprising, but Bellerin was involved after being abruptly recalled from his loan spell with Watford, which was due to last until the end of the season.
After impressing during his early outings for the Hornets, Bellerin had become something of a peripheral figure at Vicarage Road following the departure of Gianfranco Zola. It is not currently clear whether he will remain with Arsenal for the rest of the campaign or head out on loan elsewhere. Bellerin made eight appearances for the Championship side.
Bellerin’s recall coincides with the injury suffered by fellow right-back Tafari Moore whilst playing for the U21s last night, although it is understood that Arsenal would have recalled the Spaniard regardless of the severity of the injury to Moore.
None of the three U21 players who trained with the squad are expected to be involved in any capacity tomorrow night, although Olsson is the only member of the trio currently eligible to play in the Champions League.
Arsenal have no new injury concerns going into this game, with Tomas Rosicky poised to return to the squad after being rested at the weekend.
Mikel Arteta is suspended, whilst Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Vermaelen and Kim Kallstrom are all sidelined.
It would appear that Wenger only has two major decisions to make with regards to his team selection. Firstly he has to choose between Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start on the right flank, whilst also selecting either Serge Gnabry or Nicklas Bendtner for the final place amongst the substitutes.
Possible team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Bendtner.