Steve Bould has provided the latest team news update as Arsenal get ready for their first game in over two weeks when they face Stoke City at the Emirates on Sunday.
The assistant manager was sitting in for Arsene Wenger who has apparently lost his voice – rumours that it was because of repeated shouting at Shkodran Mustafi
FA Cup fixture scheduling and the Interlull mean the Gunners haven’t played since the 3-1 win over AC Milan on March 15th, and while some players have been away with their countries, it has provided others with a chance to return from injury related absences.
Jack Wilshere missed the two England games during the break, but Bould revealed he was back in training ahead of further assessment to see if he can play.
Alexandre Lacazette is also back after his knee operation, but his involvement for Sunday is not yet decided, although with a Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow next week getting some minutes under his belt could be important.
Beyond that it seems that the only real absence is Santi Cazorla and that going into the final stretch of the season we’ve got more or less a full squad to choose from.
And for the many people who ask ‘What does Steve Bould do?’, the answer is: really short press conferences ?