Kieran Tierney and Alex Lacazette both took part in full training today, which suggests they could be part of Arsenal’s squad to face Villarreal on Thursday.
Tierney has missed the last seven games since injuring his knee against Liverpool in early March. The Gunners were initially fearful that he might need surgery but thankfully that proved not to be the case and his recovery has been relatively swift.
Lacazette tweaked his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Fulham a couple of weeks ago and has missed three matches.
Mikel Arteta declared both players fit this time last week but we believe he was trying to play mind games with Unai Emery before last week’s semi-final first leg.
Arteta will now need to assess whether he thinks it’s worth risking Tierney and Lacazette from the off.
On the weekend, David Luiz only lasted 52 minutes of his comeback from a knee injury before pulling up with a muscular problem.
We can expect more team news in the morning when Arteta faces the media at 9am.