Arsene Wenger says that one of Santi Cazorla or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be included in the squad to face Norwich tomorrow.
The duo are returning from injury and although the Spanish international has been out longer, he’s made further progress in his rehab and in terms of first team training.
Coincidentally, it was against Norwich that Cazorla damaged knee ligaments in November, before his comeback was delayed by an Achilles tendon problem. However, he’s been in full training for a couple of weeks now. Asked if the pair might be involved at the weekend, Wenger said, ”
“That’s not yet decided, I’ll have to decide on that later. Santi has already practised for two weeks, Alex is just in his first week, but one of them might be involved.”
He also pointed out that with everybody fit and new players having emerged, it won’t as easy to get back into the team as it might have been.
“You have some players who make their place in the team, like Iwobi, like Elneny who we bought in January,” he said. “So there’s more competition in places now.”
Wenger also seemed happy that players who have missed large parts of the season are now fit for their international commitments this summer.
“The injuries were accidental, traumatic injuries,” he said, “so it’s good they have hope to go for the European championships.”
You may, at your own leisure, insert a gag here about them getting injured on international duty and how they will be like new signings when they return etc etc.