Arsenal manager handed triple fitness boost

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed this morning that club captain Thomas Vermaelen and midfield duo Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are all back in full training and in contention to face Southampton tomorrow night, but Jack Wilshere is a major fitness doubt.

Wenger has been without Ramsey since Boxing Day with a thigh problem picked up against West Ham United, but the Welsh midfield maestro is ready to hand the Gunners a timely fitness boost and is in the squad for tomorrow night's game at St Mary's.

Arteta and Vermaelen are also considered fit enough to be considered for the Saints game despite shorter absences, but it's not all good news for the Gunners as Wilshere is a rated doubtful with a minor ankle knock picked up against Coventry City.

In his pre-match press conference for the Southampton clash Wenger admitted Wilshere may not be fit for a return to Premier League action, but was more positive over the inclusion of Ramsey and Arteta as potential cover in central midfield.

The Gunners travel South tomorrow night in search of an eighth straight successive victory in all competitions, as they bid to maintain a slender advantage at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal started Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere in deeper midfield positions in their most recent match against Coventry City on Friday night, but the likes of Arteta, Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are all hoping to earn a recall tomorrow evening.

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