Arsenal held their final training session at London Colney this morning ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game at home to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and David Ospina playing a full part.
All three players, who have suffered with injury of late, could make the squad for tomorrow’s game, with Arsene Wenger being given a further boost by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has returned to light training following his short spell on the sidelines. He could soon be joined in that regard by Tomas Rosicky, who is recovering from a knee problem.
The respective returns of Koscielny, Arteta and Ospina mean that it is unlikely that there will be many members of the U21 side included in tomorrow’s squad, with Alex Iwobi the only youth player set to be involved. The Nigeria international has featured in the last three games for the first-team, and made his Champions League debut in the defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek.
There were several other youngsters who trained with the senior squad today, however, with Matt Macey, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Glen Kamara and Julio Pleguezuelo all being called upon.
As far as the senior players are concerned, Hector Bellerin is out with a groin strain, but could return to action after the international break for the game away to West Bromwich Albion.
Aaron Ramsey, who has missed several matches with a hamstring problem, could also be in contention for the trip to The Hawthorns, but Theo Walcott’s calf injury may keep the striker out until December.
Then there are the long-term injuries to consider, with Jack Wilshere (calf) and Danny Welbeck (knee) not expected to return until the New Year.
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Arteta, Flamini, Chambers, Campbell, Iwobi.