Arsenal held their final training this session this morning prior to tomorrow night’s FA Cup tie away to Manchester United, with Wojciech Szczesny and Nacho Monreal both returning to the fold.
The pair missed the victory over Queens Park Rangers owing to illness and a back strain respectively, but they are set to make the trip to Old Trafford, with Szczesny likely to start in goal.
Emiliano Martinez will provide back-up from the bench, with first-choice shot-stopper David Ospina left out of the squad entirely. Monreal may also make the starting line-up in place of Kieran Gibbs at left-back.
Francis Coquelin continued to train wearing a protective mask. Youngsters Dan Crowley, Stefan O’Connor and Alex Iwobi all trained with the squad.
Krystian Bielik and Gedion Zelalem trained with the U21s instead, despite the fact that they are members of the first-team squad. Serge Gnabry also trained with the U21s as he prepares for Tuesday’s game at that level against Derby County.
With regards to the injury situation, Arsenal currently have seven players sidelined.
Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Mathieu Flamini (foot) could return for the game against West Ham United next weekend, whilst Gabriel (hamstring) is likely to be out until the Liverpool game early next month.
Mathieu Debuchy (dislocated shoulder) and Mikel Arteta (ankle) are provisionally pencilled in to make their comebacks the following week against Burnley, with Isaac Hayden (ankle) and Abou Diaby (calf) both set to be out for longer spells.
Players in training today: David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom, Wojciech Szczesny, Nacho Monreal, Stefan O’Connor, Alex Iwobi, Dan Crowley.
Wenger must select 18 of the above players to travel to Manchester, with Ospina, Akpom, O’Connor, Crowley and Iwobi likely to be left at home.
subs: Martinez, Chambers, Gibbs, Alexis, Walcott, Coquelin, Rosicky.