Thomas Vermaelen is back in the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s game against Chelsea. The Belgian missed the 1-1 draw with Man City due to illness (but was well enough to jump up when Koscielny equalised), but has recovered sufficiently to be included for the crunch derby game.
Wenger also revealed that Bacary Sagna is back in full training, although the right back is not yet in contention for a first team place, meaning Carl Jenkinson will carry on at right back. The Frenchman joins Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong on the training ground, with the latter having made his comeback in the Capital One Cup last night.
Wenger also revealed Wilshere will play on Monday night for the U21s for an hour and, while urging patience for the England midfielder, called his return ‘massive’. There were updates too on Tomas Rosicky (2 weeks), while Wojciech Szczesny remains sidelined with an ankle problem but should be back in the next two to three weeks.
The form of the team, and some eye-catching performances in last night’s game, gives the manager some headaches regarding selection but in typical Wenger style he batted them off, saying, “I have selection solutions, not selection problems. You want two players in every position.”
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