Arsenal take on Bournemouth in the FA Cup 4th round tomorrow, looking to make progress in a competition we’ve won a record number of times.
The latest training pictures show Sokratis involved, having missed the last two games through illness. His place was filled by Shkodran Mustafi, but his error against Chelsea led to the sending off of David Luiz.
Also in full training was Dani Ceballos, who was questioning his Arsenal future last week, amid reports he wanted to leave before the end of the transfer window to guarantee more playing time ahead of Euro 2020.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta basically told the on-loan Real Madrid man to get his head down and work harder to compete for a place in the team.
Speaking on Friday, he said, “He needs to get back to fitness, fight for his place like in any other team.
“After that I’ll make the selection that I think is fair with what I see on the pitch.”
With the FA Cup not simply a trophy to fight for, but also a guarantee of a Europa League place for the winner, it’s a competition that Arteta is taking seriously.
Arsenal have plenty of Premier League points still to play for this season, but given how far we have to climb in the table, every avenue to European football next year has to be taken seriously.
It’s why there’s likely to be some rotation, but not quite as much as people might expect.