Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that club-record signing Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are both close to being given the green light to return against Hull City this weekend, ready to provide an injury-hit squad with a timely double fitness boost.
Wenger was forced to field his oldest starting XI for nearly 11 years against West Ham United thanks to a horrible injury record which has come very close to derailing their season, but a midfield featuring 30-plus stars Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Kim Kallstrom helped Arsenal grind out a vital 3-1 home win.
The Gunners have been unable to call upon £42.4m man Mesut Ozil since the German international tore his hamstring against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on March 11th, but Wenger used his pre-match press conference to inform Arsenal fans that the schemer and Monreal both look likely to feature at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
He is quoted by the Daily Express as revealing: “Ozil is available to travel. It is good to have him back and he is one of our main offensive players,” Wenger said.
“He can score and I will test him in the coming days.”
Monreal is another important potential addition for Arsenal this weekend, with Thomas Vermaelen forced to deputise at left-back against West Ham after both Wenger's recognised left-backs were forced out with injuries.
Kieran Gibbs was unable to recover from an important late cameo against Wigan Athletic in last Saturday's FA Cup semi-final and remains sidelined, but if Monreal responds well to training over the next three days he could be thrust straight back into the starting XI at the KC Stadium.
With Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny both given a clean bill of health Arsenal are slowly getting their top stars back on the pitch, just in time for a final push on two fronts as a top-four finish and FA Cup success remain top targets for Wenger's men.