Arsenal confirm return of six players

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Arsenal’s medical team have confirmed that six players have returned to full first team training ahead of Saturday’s match with West Ham at the London Stadium.

Defenders Hector Bellerin (brazen fashion sense), Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Dinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Laurent Koscielny (back) are all fit again and could get a recall.

Mesut Ozil, who has missed the last few games with a knee injury, has also recovered and could feature against the Hammers.

It means only Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are still in the treatment room. The latter two will likely be sidelined for the rest of the season but the Armenian’s broken metatarsal is on the mend and he’s pencilled in for a return next month.

Given it’s Wednesday, it seems unlikely that any new faces, should they arrive in the next couple of days, will be involved.

All in all, positive news.

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Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Good. Just in time for the back-nine drive. But we still need to sign a couple of defenders.

As Ozil is now fit it’ll be interesting to see whether or not he starts against West Ham.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

We win as a team, lose as a team and get injured as a team.

Mistafi
Mistafi

Out for a while and judge him if he starts or not. Yeah! Well thought plan there.

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

Is this article really claiming that Bellerin’s fashion sense is already cured?

TeeCee
TeeCee

… and no mention of whether Mustafi’s common sense transplant took.

Michael Osborn
Michael Osborn

Sadly doctors have said that is incurable…:)

Scott P
Scott P

I’d say it’s probably a chronic condition like Kos’ Achilles, but we can manage him through it with steady treatment.

Chiza
Chiza

Yeah yeah yeah!!……time for another long unbeaten run…….hey!..don’t forget carrasco and Denis Suarez might soon be joining

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Yes, don’t see why we can’t. get the confidence up, and don’t embarrass ourselves vs chavs and citeh.

Kostas
Kostas

It’s like new signings!!!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Perfect! Just in time for the busy festive period schedule….no wait never mind….seems like they missed the busy festive period…classic Arsenal

Pete
Pete

How do you know they didn’t have a lot to do over Christmas anyway?

Kumar
Kumar

We need to get back in the champions league next year to attract better players, provided the board would spend. Welcome news this though…

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

LANS to the 6th power.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Hector Bellerin (brazen fashion sense), Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Dinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi (spacial awareness, vision, timing, accountability, leadership) and Laurent Koscielny (back)

santori
santori

If anything, this may discount us going in for a defender now in market.

Mustafi despite what some people may moan about is still one of our better Cback options.

Mavropanos is largely untried and with minor games running out in peripheral cups (or gone), he may be better off on loan.

Koscielny is also gaining back some of his sharpness so the hope (gamble) is he will sustain through most of the rest of this campaign.

Weighing in against this would be if Unai felt someone like Calero (Zarragosa) would be long term with Sokratis also hitting 30 this year and whether Chambers has any future left at the club.

Certainly we will need 4 or 5 Cbacks to compete for potentially 3 spots so there is room for Mustafi, Holding, Sokratis, and a new defender (with Mavropanos given room to develop and eventually succeed Sokratis, Chambers possibly set to leave and Koscielny set to step down.

but with assets returning, the gaffer will weigh on if he can hold off till summer and sufficiently manage the assets at the back till end of season.

Also bearing in mind (not ideal) Monreal, and Lichsteiner can if need be cycle into the back 3, we have enough assets numberwise.

What we need is stability in sepection. Even if we flattered to deceive, when we had Mustafi-Sokratis-Holding for a long stretch, we managed to grind out wins.

Adding a new player into the mix in the middle of the season may not necessarily improve matters immediately.

Also midfield needs to be considered in larger context of our defensive issues.

Elephant in the room no one would care to mention because it isn’t popular but Torreira has been poor last 3 matches. 3 of his give aways in midfield led to goals.

…had that been Granit or Mustafi, there would be howls of derision.

How we can tighten up in midfield will be key and therefore an added asset to Torreira, Granit and Guendouzi and beyond the capabilities of Elneny may be critical for the engine room to sustain through to end of campaign.

which may in part explain why we are eager to explore the possibilities of Dennis Suarez to hold the ball better in the middle or carry it forward but also for added defensive work/competition to the others we have on hand currently.

Last number of goals in defense over last 3 games (Soton, BHA and Liverpool), Mustafi was not present to be scapegoat.

BUT there were still MASSIVE issues.

Sokratis was wrong side of Mane for one goal. Needless over enthusiastic challenges leading to free kicks in dangerous areas, still issues at left side with kolasinac not in sync with Koscielny. Obviously Lichstiner (another superb buy by Mslintat) way past sell by date in many ways.

But as mentioned even in midfield, we have not tracked back diligently enough (Guendouzi) and have conspired to lose the ball (Torreira). Clearly keeping hold of midfield better is part of the prescription to a better defensive display. with current assets, we don’t have enough to sustain (Torreira may have hit the wall)

So I would be cautious to think that simply adding another Cback into the mix is the answer to everything.

Ricochet
Ricochet

How do you find time to write comments this big

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Word on the street is Henry is tapping up Kozzy for Monaco and we are in for a Juve swap sweetener deal for Rambo. If he goes there we get CB Medhi Benatia who fouls…………a lot, according to Whoscored.
Glad young Mav is fit again, I liked the look of him. Doesn’t get flustered and puts it about. He and Holding are the future.

santori
santori

You didn’t see Hector in the stands disguise as the owner of Blackpool last match?

VERY BRAZEN indeed.

Arseman
Arseman

Like 6 new signings! Great bit of business in the January transfer window!

Paul
Paul

Damn, I was going Mustafi was still injured. I heard he was suffering with a damaged ability to defend/hamstring thingy.

bsinGooner
bsinGooner

I am afraid, that’s the January transfer window done.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Perfect timing for the classic Wenger quote of “he’s like a new signing”. What I just hope is the classic second wind miracle that makes us clinch the 4th spot.
Anyone know how I can sell my dodgy lasagna to the Homeless?

Dave Hyland
Dave Hyland

They are like new signings!