Arsene Wenger has been handed a boost with the news that striker Lucas Perez has returned to full training. The Spaniard has been out since October with an ankle injury and should be fit to return to first-team action next week (via Arsenal.com).
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Match: Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
Stadium: The Emirates Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Sun 27 Nov 14:15
Arsenal seem to have gotten over the hardest set of fixtures in November relatively unscathed and it seems that the worst of the injury problems are in the past too.
“I don’t think from the other night we have injuries,” Arsene Wenger said in his pre-match press conference. “Everybody should be available. Cazorla and Bellerin are still out so we have nobody coming back.”
Aside from Cazorla and Bellerin, it seems that another Spaniard is set to return to action. Lucas Perez has been out of action since picking up an ankle injury during an EFL Cup match in October but Arsene Wenger confirmed that he is back in training.
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“[It was] Lucas’s first time in training today. He might be in contention on Wednesday. One training session isn’t enough to be enough on Sunday.”
Lucas will face stiff competition up front. Alexis Sanchez continues to impress as the lone striker and Olivier Giroud has four goals in three games from the bench and started in midweek. Now there is a question of whether the Frenchman will start again on Sunday.
“It’s just game by game,” Wenger confirmed. “I choose the solution for the next game. I felt in this game [against PSG] that his physical presence could give them problems at the back so I decide game after game. We need everybody on board now and it’s just the next game that matters.”
That next game is a home fixture against AFC Bournemouth. The Gunners go into the match unbeaten since the opening day of the season but without a win in three matches. The pace seems to have left Arsenal’s attack in recent weeks and that will need to change against Eddie Howe’s men.