Arsene Wenger’s derby armoury has got a double-barreled boost for Saturday’s trip to White Heart Lane as Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are set to return to the squad according to the Mirror.
Welbeck has yet to play this year since the win at Upton Park on the last day of 2014, being out with a hamstring injury but has now made it back after a four week absence.
He had seen much action in the first three months of his Arsenal career, scoring seven times in over 20 appearances and while his striking competition, Olivier Giroud, has soared with 6 goals in his last seven starts, Welbeck will provide timely boost to the Arsenal team as a whole.
Alexis missed last weekend’s home game with a slight hamstring pain but will look to return quickly to claim his place and influence in the team again. He did express his joy with the win last game but was “sad” to not be playing due to his injury.
The Arsenal team has been accused of relying too much on him as no one has scored as much as his 18 goals in all competitions this season but it is noteworthy to point out that he has not been involved in the team’s last 10 goals.
Arsenal’s attack faired excellently in the absence of both forwards in the 5 – 0 win over Aston Villa last weekend but they will provide more vigour and variety to ensure Wenger’s pen hovers long into Friday night in making his selection for the game.
Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have returned with a bang to the team, both scoring in consecutive games now and while the question had been about where they would fit into the team with Alexis prospering in connection with Sanit Cazorla, Wenger will now have to decide on how to fit this blockbuster of attacking talent at his disposal.
Welbeck and Alexis got their first tastes of the North Derby at the Emirates in September, the latter coming off the bench. The former United man did not particularly have a wonderful game, his blushes spared by Oxlade-Chamberlain after he failed to score with the ball within his reach.
Having shone in his last game before the injury, which was a London derby, he might just be inspired enough to put up a comeback show that shows everyone his value to the team. Wenger could still decide to stick with Giroud, given it is an away game that may require the use of his physical strength as an outlet but there should be some minutes given to Danny.
As for Alexis, he looks a sure starter if all is indeed back and fit with his hamstring.
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