The feel good factor surrounding the coming Champions League clash against Monaco at the Emirates has got some kind of a boost to it with some good news from the treatment room.
Wenger confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has returned to full training this week, and participated in training for the Wednesday home game against Monaco. The 21-year old last played at the Etihad Stadium, coming off midway into the second half. A recurrence of a groin strain suffered last December has kept him out since but he will now be in the reckoning for first team football again.
He is not expected to be ready enough to play against the Monegasques for this first leg but should be able to fight to regain his place in the team again from this weekend’s visit of Everton. Only Alexis, Cazorla and Per Mertesacker have made more appearances than the Ox this season and his return will add more boost to the depth of Arsenal’s already overflowing midfield and attacking galaxy.
However, the news was not as splendid on Wilshere who may have to wait till the weekend to get his first taste of action since November. Wenger said Wilshere had been rested in training on Friday and will most likely not feature on Wednesday.
“The only uncertainty I have at the moment is Jack Wilshere but everybody else is available.” Wenger said, according to Arsenal.com
“He was rested [at training], because he trained hard until now. No, it’s not a setback but I don’t think [he’ll play against Monaco].”
So then, everyone else will be available and that is good news considering the exasperating effort the lads had to put in to get all three points from a tough game last week at Selhurst Park. That would include Ospina who had made an awkward landing in the second half of that game but no special mention of him in the injury update means that he will be in line to retain his place in goal.
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