Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of Monday night’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, and indeed the hectic April schedule, with good news over Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal.

The Welsh international was sent back to the club during the Interlull to have treatment on a thigh injury, but he’s back in full training and available for selection.

Monreal, meanwhile, stayed in London while the rest of the team went to Dubai as he’d picked up a calf injury. Like Ramsey though, he’s responded well and back to full fitness.

Beyond that, there is no mention of Granit Xhaka who had a bit of a problem in midweek during Switzerland’s 3-3 draw with Denmark, leading to speculation about his availability, but we’re taking the fact there’s no update on him to mean there’s no injury to deal with.

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SB Still
SB Still

Good news indeed, especially as Emrey seems to want to use Ramsey, Ozil for the business end of the season.

CL qualification one way or another will be a better return that most of us expected at the start of the season.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Yeah, still not sure how Ramsey wasn’t considered a huge asset to the club if he gets the nod in every big game we play. Is there anything more important to a football team than players who turn up for the big occasions? Bad call, whichever way you look at it.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Yes he’s done alright and he is a good bloke but nothing to bang your head on the table. Sokratis, Holding (get back soon son), Sead, Xhaka, Iwobi, Mikhi and Lacazette have been outstanding and form a solid base we can build on for next year.

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th

That ship sailed eons ago mate. Let’s just enjoy him while he’s still an Arsenal player

Goonereality
Goonereality

I’m sure he was, and is, considered an asset but we don’t have the financial assets to keep him. He’s going and we need to move on – and try not to get ourselves in this position again.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, agree 100%. We’ve really got to get it right in the remaining EPL games (and, hopefully, in the Europa League) and get that consistency that we’ve not had during 2019 so far. CL qualification will bring much needed additional finance and a hook to dangle in front of potential signings as most players are underwhelmed by the prospect of the Europa League on a regular basis.

santori
santori

We still have to rotate but there’s just 8 matches left in the league and potentially 3 more in Europa.

We should be able to power through with as stable a selection as possible.

Up top I think the selection will be between two up (inverted triangle) top or a striker supported by two.

Inverted triangle will mean Auba and Laca likely supported by either Ozil or Ramsey.

One man sharp point (either striker) plus wide players Iwobi and either of Mhkitaryan, Ozil or Ramsey will play to slightly more invention on the left with Iwobi (and Kolasinac)

In midfield we should strive to play Granit with Torreira as much as possible, Guendouzi coming in to rotate and provide fresh impetus. But the Swiss/Uruguayan combo is the strongest.

At the back, it looks like back 3 is still our best option as the main base.

Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny will be key with Monreal cycled in to keep legs fresh. I wouldn’t risk Mavropanos.

The back 3 also plays to our offensive needs with Kolasinac and AMN providing the best ability in width supporting higher up.

Rback back up still a concern of course as Bellerin still some ways off and the capability falls off a cliff thereafter.

Keeper will be Leno and IMO should be Leno from here on (although Cech may get the nod in the cup competition as with Wenger policy).

Hopefully bar some niggles, everyone stays fit.

Awe
Awe

And you have the guts to mention Mustafi in the first XI?

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

3rd in the league and europa and spurs out of top 4.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Champions of europa league

Goonereality
Goonereality

Hopefully, but we’ll need to get that winning consistency we haven’t had so far in 2019. We certainly can, but the Newcastle game will probably be a key match as it’s the first in the run-in.

Santori
Santori

Seems worthy enough aspirations this season.

Minimum third and above Spurts.

Europa is an added bonus and will represent genuine improvement for a first season.

Stephen
Stephen

I’ve been wringing my hands over if I want an old enemy like United to finish 5th or Spurs. I think even though United are historically hated I want Spurs bounced out.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I just came here for no particular reason other than to say I miss Santi… 😪

BW9

Is torreira available again yet?

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Suspended until the Watford game.

Santori
Santori

Guendouzi will have to do the business till then.

There’s no guarantee with Torreira either though.

As mentioned, back from injury in a largely poor spell, he lost the ball 5 times (either disspossesed or poor pass) leading to goals against us from BHA, Soton away, West Ham (plus a poor clearance in the game against Liverpool with similar detriment)

That was 8 to 11 points dropped.

Mustafi cost us the season? Think again.

Just to illustrate the skewered thinking by too many.

Torreira is still the better option next to the vastly improved and important Granit but some perspective needs to be put in place.

Guendouzi has also cost us goals with poor positioning where Torreira is better in that respect.

Mustafi gets scape goated bc he is in the over critical lens of most people due to his ‘reputation’ (partially legit but mostly exaggerated)

All players have made mistakes.