Arsenal handed injury boost ahead of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has given Arsene Wenger a major fitness boost ahead of his side's clash against Liverpool on Saturday by declaring himself fit for Saturday's Anfield showdown.

The England international has missed his side's last two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace due to an ankle problem.

However Wilshere has shaken off his injury to return to Wenger's side in time for what his manager has described as a 'massive month'.

Arsenal face a tough set of fixtures with the north London outfit facing Liverpool twice in the next week, Manchester United and Bayern Munich this month.

Wenger, speaking to reporters, said on Wilshere: "Jack might be back. The important thing is that you have as many of your players back and fit as possible for a run like this.

"Big games like this are so often decided by players coming off the bench, and big players being available and putting in good performances."

The Frenchman believes the next batch of games will go a long way in determining if Arsenal can end their nine-year trophy drought.

"This is a massive month for us," concluded Wenger. "When you are a in good position to fight for something, the closer you get to the end of the season, every game becomes vital. Now every point is important.

"It’s massive, but we enjoy it. We have fought very hard up until now to be in this position. So lets enjoy it and do our best."

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is also expected to shake off a minor knock in time to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Gunners go into the game in top spot - having beaten Crystal Palace 2-0 last Sunday - while Liverpool remain in fourth despite only managing to claim a point against West Brom.

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