Massive injury boost for Arsenal as three players set to return against Swansea


Arsenal have received a major injury boost prior to their game against Swansea over the weekend, according to reports in Evening Standard.

The North London club are eight points behind table-toppers Chelsea and will travel to Liberty Stadium knowing that any more slip-ups could be detrimental to their title hopes.

Arsene Wenger’s side have had some poor performances over the past few weeks but what helped the cause was the absence of key players.

The reports in the Evening Standard claim that the first team trio of Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs will return to action when the Gunners visit the Swans on Saturday afternoon.

Ozil who last appeared in the 1-0 win against West Brom on Boxing Day when he assisted Giroud’s late winner, has missed the last three games due to illness  It is said that German international has recovered and re-joined the first team setup.

Furthermore, right-back Bellerin is likely to be available after missing the FA Cup game against at Preston on Saturday evening after suffering a kick during training.

Left-back Gibbs, who has been out for the Emirates club since Boxing Day, has reportedly recovered well from his knee injury and might challenge Nacho Monreal for a starting berth.

It is further stated that Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are likely to be assessed just ahead of the clash in Wales. Welbeck made his first appearance for the club over the weekend after being out for about eight months.

The North London club will be looking to end their woes on the road in the Premier League when they take on the League strugglers.

The Gunners have suffered two away defeats in December and followed it up with a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth where they rescued the game late on after recovering from 3-0 down.

Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez will return to the squad after being rested at Preston, but Francis Coquelin remains sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Although currently Swansea sit second from bottom of the table, I’ve no doubt Arsenal can make things difficult for themselves.


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