Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal are in line to make their injury returns in the crucial game against Everton this weekend.
A massive slump in form has seen Arsenal fall away from the title race and are now embroiled in a familiar battle for fourth place, the last Champions League qualifying place the Premier League offers.
Meanwhile Roberto Martinez’s Everton team have hit top gear and are closing in on Arsenal. A win at Goodison Park on Sunday will see them move just one point behind the Gunners with a game in hand.
Arsenal’s decline in form has coincided with the absence of Aaron Ramsey, who hasn’t featured for Arsenal since the Boxing Day clash against West Ham. A niggling thigh injury has refused to heal quickly for Arsenal’s stand-out performer and he has been sorely missed in the heart of Wenger’s midfield.
After several setbacks, Ramsey finally returned to full training this week and Wenger hopes he could be fit to face the Toffees on Sunday along with left-back Monreal.
"Aaron and Nacho Monreal are back training with the squad, so that is good news," Wenger said on the club's official website. "Hopefully they will be available for Sunday."
Ramsey, who remains Arsenal’s second top scorer behind Olivier Giroud despite a three month absence, could return to give the Gunners a timely boost as they once again struggle to finish in a lucrative Champions League spot.
Wenger could not provide good news on any other of his current injuries, however, admitting that Mesut Ozil is unlikely to be fit for the semi-final clash against Wigan on Saturday week.
"The FA Cup will be too soon for him, but he will hopefully be back soon after that," he said.
Arsenal are also missing key defender Laurent Koscielny, who is out with a calf strain. Wenger said he could return for Wigan but is not hopeful.
"He is still out," Wenger said. "The earliest [he will be back] is next week, the latest is the week after.”
Finally Wenger gave an update on long-term absentee Theo Walcott as well as the injured Jack Wilshere. The Arsenal boss confirmed that there would be no miracle return for Walcott but said Wilshere is still in line to return before the end of the season.
Asked about the two players, Wenger said: "They are all right. They are doing well. It is still early for them. Of course, for Theo the season is finished, and Jack is progressing well."