As Arsenal prepare for a London Stadium showdown with West Ham United in the early kick-off game on Saturday, some good news have finally come out of the club’s treatment room.
The back line will seem like a new one, with five of its members returned to full training. Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, and would you believe it, Dinos Mavropanos, have now joined the rest of the team and are in contention for the short trip to east London.
With the defence most often recognized as the weakest link in the Arsenal machinery, and rightly so, it will be a beg boost for manager Unai Emery to have so many names to choose from (hopefully) for the remaining part of the season.
Bellerin had a problem with his left calf. Captain Koscielny, freshly returned from an absence of more than half a year, suffered a back spasm during the warm-up ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup win at Blackpool. Mavropanos had picked up a groin injury a while back and is yet to make an appearance this term. Mustafi and Monreal both suffered a problem with the right hamstring.
However, all five of them are now recovered and ready to play, and that is not the end of the good news. Mesut Ozil, who had a problem with his left knee, is also back in full training.
On the other hand, there is nothing new when it comes to the fortunes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. The Armenian attacking midfielder is still out with problem with his right foot, and he’s not expected back in training this month. The young centre-back and the former Manchester United forward are recovering from surgery, having suffered an ACL tear and a broken ankle, respectively.
The Gunners can be backed to prevail over the Hammers at 1/1.