Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Danny Welbeck has a strong chance of featuring in the Saturday lunchtime showdown with Liverpool, while Jack Wilshere's return has also not been ruled out.
Welbeck's fitness has been a major concern Wenger this week, after the striker pulled up with a knee problem in England's qualifier with Lithuania last Friday.
Wenger is cautiously optimistic that the versatile forward will be fit to feature in a potentially pivotal showdown in terms of Champions League qualification though, while Wilshere also has an outside chance of playing for the first time since November.
Positive press conference for injury news
In his pre-match press conference for the Liverpool match Wenger was asked about Welbeck and insisted he has a chance of playing this weekend, while also waxing lyrical about improvements made by the former Manchester United star since arriving in North London last summer.
Welbeck's return could be key for Arsenal, as Wenger looks to keep a settled side in the winning habit. The Gunners could go second for a few hours at least with a win over the Reds, plus just four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Here come the cavalry
Wenger was also quizzed about Wilshere, after the midfield maestro played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford earlier this week
Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and most surprisingly Abou Diaby also featured in that game, but while that trio are still short of first-team contention Wilshere could be on the bench tomorrow for the first time in two months.
In-form Arsenal will be confident of success even if Wilshere is still just short of match sharpness, coming into a return to domestic action on a run of six successive Premier League victories.
The Gunners will need to be at their best against a Liverpool side desperate to bounce back from defeat against Manchester United before the international break, but have the quality going forward to do just that at their best and keep their very slim title chances just about alive.