Mikel Arteta will be boosted by the return of Hector Bellerin to full training as Arsenal prepare to face Bournemouth on Thursday.
The right-back has been suffering from a hamstring strain, and although is still undergoing assessment, his availability over the busy festive period will be a boost for the new boss.
The Gunners will travel to the Vitality Stadium without the suspended Calum Chambers who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday, but do welcome back Sokratis from suspension.
Dani Ceballos is also heading towards full fitness after a hamstring problem that has seen him sidelined since November 6th.
However, there are doubts over Gabriel Martinelli (hamstring), and Rob Holding (knee), while Sead Kolasinac’s ankle problem will keep him out until 2020.
Mesut Ozil is fit again after a foot injury kept him out of the trip to Goodison Park, but he’s made a quick recovery and will be available for selection if Arteta chooses.