Arsene Wenger has confirmed a double fitness boost revealing Tomas Rosicky is back in full training and that Alexis Sanchez is progressing well and should be available against Stoke.
The Gunners will have to do without the pair for Wednesday’s trip to Anfield, although brothers Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini will be recalled having sat out the FA Cup win over Sunderland.
Speaking on Monday morning, Wenger told press: “We should have Ozil and Flamini available. We have to test Ospina [groin], Rosicky is back in full training.”
“[For] Sanchez, the Liverpool game will come to soon, he should be okay for Stoke, he’s developing very well.
“We try to be cautious, but with a muscular injury you never know. He’s very close. If you look at him training, he’s very, very close.”
It’s good to hear Tomas is close to returning to first team action. The 35-year-old Czech international hasn’t played since May after picking up a knee injury on international duty in the summer.
We’re not saying he’s necessarily going to be a regular in the second half of the season but his experience in and around the camp will be most welcome.