Arsenal have been given a huge boost by the news that Aaron Ramsey has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Wales international has been out of action since picking up the problem on the opening day of the season that forced him off after 61 minutes in the defeat to Liverpool.
The Daily Telegraph report that Ramsey has now returned to full training although he is unlikely to be fit enough to feature on Saturday with Swansea the visitors to the Emirates.
The Gunners, wary of his recent injury record, are indeed reluctant to rush him back into action although he could return for next Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Ludogorets Razgrad.
Failing that he could face Middlesbrough in the Premier League on October 22 or Reading in the fourth round of the EFL Cup just three days later.
Arsenal’s strength in depth in midfield means the Gunners are in no need to gamble on his fitness. Alex Iwobi has impressed this season while Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla are both playing well and Francis Coquelin is also close to a return to action after injury.
In a more attacking position the re-emergence of Theo Walcott this season, the England international has five goals already, will also provide Ramsey with competition for his place in the starting XI.
While the Welshman’s return to fitness will be warmly welcomed by Arsene Wenger it is likely to give the boss a selection headache. However, it can only be good news for the Gunners who are on a run of five straight victories.