Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini both could be involved in Sunday’s blockbuster tie with Manchester United and are set to mark their returns to training today, while rumours of Olivier Giroud suffering from fatigue have been squashed.
Wilshere has overcome an ankle knock sustained in training last week while Flamini has recovered from a groin strain sustained in the early stages of Arsenal’s win over Crystal Palace almost a fortnight ago.
Although the duo have been first team regulars for much of the season they may struggle to break into the lineup after Wenger’s side defeated Dortmund 1-0 in midweek without the combative midfielders.
The return to fitness both players is certainly welcomed and provides more options for Wenger to utilize. Even more importantly, the news that Giroud is fine allows Gooners to sleep ahead of the weekend’s fixture. The last thing the Gunners needed was an injury to the striker, a story that has circulated the last day or so.
The Arsenal boss revealed the following team news ahead of Sunday’s tie with a Sir Alex Ferguson-less United:
[on the team news] Normally, Flamini will join us in the session this morning. Wilshere will join in as well, so we will see how they are after the session today.
[on their chances of playing on Sunday]
Flamini, I am quite confident will be fully available. Wilshere, we will see how he responds to his inflammation of the ankle.
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[On Giroud] He is [being asked to do a lot]. He has the physical resilience to cope with that, he has good stamina, a strong body and has a great appetite for the game. He has not been recognised for a long time in his career, he is very hungry to play in every game and he can cope with it. I don’t see any sign of fatigue.