Arsenal received two big injury boosts on Friday, as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made his injury comeback and experienced midfielder Tomas Rosicky returned to training.
The Poland international has been missing since suffering an ankle injury in the 6-1 win over Southampton at Emirates Stadium in mid-September.
Szczesny was in action for the Arsenal under-21 fixture against West Ham United on Friday afternoon and manager Arsene Wenger will have been pleased to see him back, despite the Hammers running out 2-1 winners with a late goal.
Meanwhile, Rosicky was pictured training with the rest of the first team on the Arsenal website, which appears to indicate he is back in full training and should be close to a playing return.
The Czech Republic international is yet to feature this season after undergoing surgery on an Achilles tendon, which he picked up while on international duty at Euro 2012.
Rosicky was a key player during Arsenal’s revival last season, which saw them storm up the table to finish third after the club’s worst start to a season for decades.
There is no indication as to when either will return, but Wenger did give Szczesny a vote of confidence in his recovery by insisting he was still first choice between the sticks.
The French tactician praised Szczesny’s stand-in, Vito Mannone, for the job he has done during his absence, but insisted he would have to give up the position once the Pole was ready to return.
“Wojciech is number one; when he is truly fit, I will make that decision,” he said ahead of the Gunners clash with Fulham at the weekend.
“At the moment Vito will play on Saturday and when Wojciech is fully fit we will see. But I think Vito has handled the situation very well”.