Arsenal travel to Spain later today to prepare for their Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, apparently boosted by the availability of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian international made his comeback from a knee ligament injury on Sunday, playing 75 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to his former club Manchester United.
However, after the game Arsene Wenger cast some doubt on his participation this week when he revealed the 29 year old had picked up a knock on the same knee that had sidelined him in early March.
The good news is that he is back in full training which should mean he’s available tomorrow night.
Mkhitaryan back in training.
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) May 2, 2018
It remains to be seen if he’ll play from the start, and if he does who might drop out. Jack Wilshere seems the most obvious candidate from the team which started the first leg, but it all depends how Wenger wants to approach the game.
If he’s inclined to try and keep it defensively solid for a while, he might keep Mkhitaryan on the bench for later on when we might need to change the dynamic of the game and find a goal.
We’re expecting a full team news update later, so stay tuned here for that.