Wojciech Szczesny has returned to full training giving Arsene Wenger a welcome boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.
The Polish international, who made his Premier League debut at Old Trafford two years ago, hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the 6-1 win over Southampton in mid-September when he is understood to have injured his ankle in the pre-game warm-up.
Having been first choice for every (Premier League and Champions League) game in Szczesny’s absence it remains to be seen whether Vito Mannone gets the chance to continue between the sticks. The Italian has had his ups and downs while deputising as the number one, but will no doubt be hoping he’s done enough to give the boss a headache following a decent showing against QPR on Saturday.
The Don has a tough task ahead of him though, especially as the boss back Szczesny earlier in the season: “Wojciech is No. 1 unless I change my mind. That is clear. That’s why he came back in goal [vs Southampton having missed Liverpool].
“You cannot change a goalkeeper every time he makes a simple mistake, because then you have three bad keepers. The confidence is needed.”
Young Argentine Damien Martinez is expected to play in tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup clash with Reading with James Shea his back-up. Lukasz Fabianski remains sidelined having damaged his ankle and is not expected back until next year.