Arsene Wenger has admitted fixtures over the next few weeks will make or break Arsenal’s season.
The Gunners boss was speaking ahead of his side’s trip to in form Sunderland this Saturday and how crucial getting a result will be, so it is a boost to have injured players return.
The Emirates Stadium side will travel to the Black Cats twice in the next week, once for the league and once for an FA Cup fifth round tie, and between these clashes they have a Champions League last 16 first-leg with AC Milan.
“Overall the situation looks a lot more positive in a period that will decide our season and therefore it is good to have the players back,” he is quoted saying on Sky Sports.
“It is that important because in one week we play three games in three different competitions.
“In every single competition we are, of course, in a position where we want to win our games.”
A tough task awaits Wenger’s side when they travel to the Stadium of Light as Martin O’Neill’s team are topping the Premier League form table and have won nine of the 13 games he has been in charge.
The Arsenal boss is aware of the threat posed by a rejuvenated Sunderland, but believes his team should go there with victory in mind.
He will be hoping his side can capitalise on the momentum they have built from the 7-1 thrashing they gave Blackburn Rovers in their previous Premier League game at Emirates Stadium.
“Sunderland are doing well, and we have rebuilt our confidence. It is important that we go in a positive mind there and that we come back with three points."