Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Stoke City.
The Gunners come into this one on the back of two thumping wins, scoring 9 goals against West Ham and Basel, and those games were a showcase of the squad’s strength in depth as numerous changes were made between the two games.
After the midweek game, there are no new injuries to contend with, and there was perhaps some good news with Hector Bellerin in contention for a return after his ankle injury.
“Coming back into the squad we have Coquelin who was suspended, and maybe Bellerin who has a fitness test today,” said Wenger.
Asked about Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker, he continued, “They are recovering well, but they are a few weeks away to join in again.”
Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, underwent surgery on his ankle and the Spanish international described the operation as ‘perfect’.
Questioned on how he described it, the Arsenal manager said, “For me it’s to say any surgery is perfect, but you can say it was needed an it went well.
“After you have to see how he recovers. I’m positive he will recovery very quickly, but once you open your body at top level sport it means that it’s two months before you can play again.”