Arsenal’s three star players Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are back in training after a lengthy period on the sidelines recovering from respective injuries, according to a report from Daily Mirror.
However, they still needs few weeks to be ready for a first-team return. The latest news will definitely come as a major boost for Arsenal supporters, as the Gunners seriously struggling with injuries leaving five first-team players out of action ahead of some important fixtures in the next couple of months.
According to a report from The Times, Alexis Sanchez is also expected to be available for the trip to Stoke this weekend and is waiting for a fitness test on Saturday. He scored nine goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this term prior to the latest setback. The Chilean attacker has been absent from action since he picked up a hamstring injury back in November against Norwich and is desperate to make his much-anticipated return to the playing eleven against the Gunners bogey team away from Emirates, where Wenger’s men have won only once in the last 6 years, the day when a harsh challenge by Ryan Shawcross broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg.
Arsenal step into the fixture sitting top of the table on goal difference, three ahead of second placed Manchester City who in midweek drew with Everton. Meanwhile the Gunners faced their toughest challenge in the league thus far drawing against Liverpool at Anfield in a 6 goal thriller, as Joe Allen scored in the last minute of normal time to snatch a point for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Gunners will need more energy in midfield area when they face Stoke, particularly after a gruelling performance in the Anfield draw.
The north Londoners may also include club’s new signing Mohamed Elneny to the matchday squad for weekend’s fixture, The 23-year-old midfielder is Wenger’s only outfield signing in the January transfer window, with Petr Cech being their only other transfer from Chelsea back in summer.
Meanwhile, Tomas Rosicky can also make it to the bench against the Potters after completing his first-team training. The Czech Republic international was out with a knee injury since the end of last season, for which he had to undergo a surgery and could become an important part in Arsenal’s quest to win their first title in over a decade.