Unai Emery says that he’s hoping to give Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney some playing time as the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup this evening.
The game comes just two days after the topsy-turvy 3-2 win over Aston Villa, so rotation will be key, and with options in short supply at full back, it could mean a comeback for the Spaniard and an Arsenal debut for the Scottish international.
The duo played an hour of an U23 game on Friday, so it remains to be seen if there are any niggling aches and strains from that, but Emery sounded hopeful he could help progress their recuperation from injury.
Speaking to the official site ahead of the game, he said, “We are going to decide tomorrow but the first idea is if we can, they will have minutes on Tuesday.
“This is the first idea, but it depends on tomorrow for their feelings and the decision for the first XI because we played today and we are going to play on Tuesday.
“It’s not normal to play again within two days and we need fresh players and we need different players.
“Holding for example, he will play on Tuesday and we are going to decide tomorrow with Hector and with Tierney if we will want to use them.
“I don’t know if that’s starting in the first XI or after from the bench, or if they are feeling well.”
It’d be nice to see them but obviously the most important thing is to manage their returns properly, so if there’s any risk, he’ll have to come up with something else.