Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a much-needed triple injury boost ahead of tomorrow afternoon's clash with Aston Villa, able to call upon Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Flamini for a return to Premier League action.
Wilshere suffered an ankle knock towards the end of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and was doubtful to feature against Villa, but Wenger has been able to allay those fears by revealing the England midfielder will make the trip to the Midlands and is expected to start.
Chambers is also back in contention after missing out on a Champions League group stage debut thanks to tonsillitis, while Flamini will be pushing for a start after not being risked against Dortmund as a precaution.
Debuchy diagnosis depends on surgery
Nacho Monreal is still sidelined with a back injury though, joining a list of absentees which already includes his defensive colleague Mathieu Debuchy, who Wenger revealed could be out for anywhere between six weeks and three months as he waits to find out if surgery's required to repair a damaged ankle.
Arsenal can't afford to use his absence as a further excuse not to take maximum points from the Villa game though, as the Gunners go in search of only their second Premier League victory of the campaign.
Chambers looks the most likely to cover for Debuchy at right-back, while Kieran Gibbs returned against Dortmund and will almost certainly continue on the opposite flank.
Time for Wenger ringing the changes?
Further forward is where Wenger has to make some big calls, particularly over his £42.4m record signing Mesut Ozil.
The German international continues to come in for strong criticism across the board after failing to show anything like top form in the early weeks of the campaign, with debate widespread over Wenger's insistence on playing the maestro in a wide role.
Wenger has stuck by Ozil and that probably won't change tomorrow, although Santi Cazorla is definitely pushing for a start and can't get back in the team unless one of Arsenal's attacking midfielders make way.
After a lacklustre showing against Dortmund it may well be Aaron Ramsey who steps side for the first time this season, allowing Ozil to come inside and Alexis Sanchez to play on the right flank.
Gunners still searching for killer instinct
Danny Welbeck should continue to lead the line in search of his first Arsenal goal, particularly with Yaya Sanogo ruled out thanks to a hamstring problem.
The Gunners need Welbeck to start matching impressing workrate to a killer touch in the final third.
If he does Arsenal look well placed to end Villa's impressive start to the season, particularly with Ron Vlaar struggling to prove his fitness for the home team, a side who have been surprisingly solid in the early weeks of the campaign.
Arsenal predicted XI to face Aston Villa: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck
Aston Villa predicted XI to face Arsenal: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos,Baker, Cissokho, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Richardson, Weimann, Agbonlahor
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