Arsene Wenger confirms massive triple injury boost

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has this morning confirmed a long overdue double injury boost, with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini all back in full training ahead of this weekend's Premier League showdown with Stoke City.

Wenger desperately needs the midfield trio back and available, although it remains to be seen if Sunday's clash at the Emirates has come too soon for long-term absentees in Ozil and Ramsey.

Ozil has been sidelined since early October after tearing his knee ligament against Chelsea, but despite being laid low by an illness earlier this week will train today and has an outside chance of featuring from the start against Stoke.

Good news for Gunners fans

Wenger told The Mirror: "Ozil will train with the squad today, he's been sick, he will be available. Will I start him, I don't know."

The Gunners boss also confirmed that Ramsey is back in his selection thoughts for the first time since Arsenal last faced Stoke more than a month ago, after missing seven matches in all competitions with a hamstring problem.

Giroud returns but too early for Welbeck

Arsenal also have the added boost of getting Olivier Giroud back from suspension as they look to avenge a 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium last month, which featured arguably the worst first-half performance of Wenger's entire near two-decade spell in charge.

Giroud will almost certainly earn an instant recall to the starting XI, with Danny Welbeck still struggling with a thigh problem and given no chance of returning against the Potters.

Szczesny issue addressed

Wenger was unsurprisingly also asked about the recent storm surrounding Wojciech Szczesny, who was reportedly fined £20,000 after being caught smoking in the showers after the New Years day loss to Southampton.

The Frenchman confirmed his number one has apologised as he attempted to draw a line under the matter, insisting: "He's a serious boy who works very hard. He's not the first to make a mistake and not the last."

It remains to be seen if the Polish stopper is recalled ahead of David Ospina to face Stoke, but given Wenger's faith in the goalkeeper you can expect him to be back in action at the Emirates this weekend, along with Giroud, Flamini, Ramsey and Ozil.

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