Arsene Wenger has been boosted in his bid to move on strongly from Wednesday’s night’s disappointment with the return of midfield duo Aaron Ramsey and Mattieu Flamini to normal training.
Everton will be the next visitors to the Emirates for the 27th round of Premier League fixtures and the Gunners’ boss will be rearing to pull out all the stops to ensure a repeat of the Monaco crash does not lay into the fine form established in the league over the past few weeks.
Much of the season has been spent outside the top four until last week with the hard-fought win at Crystal Palace raising the Gunners to third place. That may not be the position in which they will kick off by 3:05pm on Sunday with Southampton, United and Liverpool all set to play before then but Wenger will be hoping on seeing his team maintain grip of that position and the return of both midfielders will add more good feeling to the squad.
“They come back into normal training today and tomorrow. They are nearly there, not completely there. From Wednesday night I don’t think we have lost anybody. We have no major problems.” Wenger said per Arsenal.com
Ramsey got injured against Leicester City just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute and the fact that it was the third occurrence of a hamstring injury for him this season would be reason enough for the manager to not rush him into being available again.
Flamini was his substitute in that game, going on to play in the fifth round tie against Middlesbrough but has not played since then. The Frenchman’s place has been handed to Francis Coquelin since the turn of the year but his experience and fair ability to organize play still makes him a necessary part of Wenger’s quest to finish this season successfully.
Hopefully, their return will spur the players available to play to put as much effort as will be required to get all that will be on the shelf against Everton.
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