Arsene Wenger has revealed positive news about club captain Thomas Vermaelen confirming the Belgian is up and running following the stress fracture to his back.
The centre-back didn’t play any part in Arsenal’s pre-season preparations and is still a month or so away from competitive action but has stepped up his rehab by moving from the gym to the playing pitch.
“He is out running,” Wenger told Arsenal Player on his return from Turkey.
“He’s on the pitches again. But there’s still a good few weeks to go for him to get his fitness. We have Nacho back and Thomas soon back so that’s all good news for us.”
In further good news it sounds as though Laurent Koscielny will be fit for the return leg of the Champions League despite the nasty kick he received to the head.
“He’s like a boxer who had a hard fight the night before; lots of blood around his eye and a deep cut.
“He is suspended for Saturday [against Fulham] anyway but let’s hope he recovers for next Tuesday [against Fenerbahce]. It will be short because the cut is very deep. Hopefully it will be alright.”
While Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain sidelined for the foreseeable future, Ryo Miyaichi looks as though he could start challenging for a first team place soon.
“He is back in full training now. He will be involved this season in the first-team squad. Hopefully very soon because he’s now getting fit.”
Presumably Ryo’s future at the club will depend on any transfer activity in the next couple of weeks. The youngster needs regular first team football at the highest level and aside from Capital One Cup outings its tough to see that happening at the Emirates right now.