Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta should feature for Arsenal on Monday after Arsene Wenger confirmed both men were back in full training.
While the boss revealed that there were no big injuries following Wednesday’s win over AC Milan he did make clear that a host of knocks and niggles were causing his first team squad problems.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Arsene stated: There are lots of knocks and bruises but I don’t think anybody should be definitely out for Monday night from the players who started the game.
“[Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey] should be back in the squad. We have to check his [Gibbs] groin but he has a chance.
“[Walcott] has a kick on his hip so that should be OK. Yossi was getting started again on Thursday, I do not know if he will be ready for Monday night.”
With doubts persisting about Kieran Gibbs’ ability to play on a twice weekly basis, the Gunners have been boosted by the news that Andre Santos is finally on the verge of a first team comeback after four months on the sidelines.
Hinting that the next game may come too soon for his summer signing, Wenger admitted that if Gibbs’ is struggling he may have little choice but to play the Brazilian against the Geordies.
“He is back in full training on Friday. He is certainly short [for Monday] because he has not played for four months but I do not really know yet, it is a decision I have to make. We will see first how Gibbs is.”