Mat Ryan has returned to full training which suggests he could be in line to make his Arsenal debut tomorrow at Aston Villa.
The January loan recruit from Brighton has been sidelined for a week or so with a hip problem but could now step ahead of Alex Runarsson to fill the void left by Bernd Leno after his mad volleyball stunt at Molineux.
We can only assume the German, banned for one game, didn’t fancy a 90-minute blow-by-blow comparison with Emi Martinez who has thrived at Villa Park since moving there from the Emirates in the summer.
Obviously, if Ryan is picked, his performance will be analysed closely. At least with 121 Premier League appearances to his name he knows exactly what it takes to cope at the highest level.
Earlier this week, Runarsson was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Europa League for the rest of the season. The Iceland international, suffering the same fate that befell Sokratis and Mesut Ozil, couldn’t be included due to an imbalance between homegrown and non-homegrown players.