Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given Gunners fans a welcome boost on the injury front ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Hull City, sharing that Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry are all back with the first-team squad and more are ready to follow.
Walcott has been out since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in January, but with a full week's training under his belt will finally return to action in Friday night's under-21 clash with Blackburn Rovers.
There's no question that Arsenal missed Walcott desperately during the second half of the season, lacking the pace to break teams down when it really mattered most in big matches.
Wenger's problems are of a different kind this season, with Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny added to a lengthy injury list, but there was at last some reason for encouragement in the Frenchman's pre-match press conference ahead of a tricky test against Hull.
Plenty of positives ahead of Tigers test
Ahead of Arsenal's AGM at the Emirates the Gunners boss told The Mirror: "Ozil is out for at least six weeks. The positive news is Theo, Serge and Mikel are back in the squad."
Gnabry is slightly behind Walcott and will likely not be risked in tomorrow's second-tier clash with Blackburn, while Arteta is in consideration for the Hull game after responding positively to treatment on a persistent calf problem.
Wenger also revealed that Ramsey is ahead of schedule in his bid to bounce back from a hamstring strain, scheduled to return to training on Monday and in with an outside chance of featuring against either Anderlecht or Sunderland before a hectic October draws to a close.
Rosicky fit but Koscielny ruled out
Fears over Tomas Rosicky's fitness were also allayed, with a knock picked up on international duty not enough to keep him from taking a full part in training today.
Koscielny's diagnosis is not so positive though, with tendinitis in both Achilles severe enough to prevent him featuring against Hull.
Nacho Monreal will likely have to deputise against the Tigers because Calum Chambers is suspended, but beyond Saturday's showdown lingering fears over Koscielny's long-term fitness must be a huge concern for Wenger.
Walcott's imminent return is the one shining positive though, with an attack featuring the England international, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a frightening prospect for any Premier League defence to say the very least.News Now - Sport News