Arsenal have confirmed that Bukayo Saka is in full training ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Man City.
The 19 year old took a knock to the knee in the late stages of Wednesday’s 6-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup, and there was some concern as to how he might be impacted. However, he has a clean bill of health and available for the game at Etihad.
Hector Bellerin is also in contention, having missed the last two games with a thigh problem, but it remains to be seen how Mikel Arteta will use his many right-backs.
Gabriel Magalhaes, who has been suffering from tendinitis of the knee, is also back in training, but it’s unlikely he’ll be thrown back into the team for a game of this intensity.
Ben White (Covid), Thomas Partey (ankle) and Eddie Nketiah (ankle) remain sidelined as the Gunners seek their first Premier League points of the season.
Nketiah has been linked again with a move to Crystal Palace, with reports of an £11.5m bid, an improvement on the £10m previously offered by the Eagles.
With the transfer window closing on Tuesday night, and Joe Willock the only substantial sale so far this summer, it could well be a tempting bid for a player who has less than 12 months left on his contract, and who has turned down an extension from the club.