Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of Sunday’s clash with Burnley and revealed that three key players are set to be included. Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin are all back in training and the boss said in his pre-match press conference that they are all available for selection (via Arsenal.com).
The Gunners welcome Burnley to the Emirates on Sunday hoping to continue their recent form. Arsenal have won four of their last five games and take on Burnley and Watford before the showdown with Chelsea on 4 February.
Arsene Wenger gave Gunners fans a boost ahead of Sunday’s clash in his pre-match press conference, confirming reports that a number of key players will be ready in time for the match.
“From last week, I think Bellerin, Coquelin and Gibbs are back in the group but not Walcott,” Wenger confirmed. “These three should be available to be selected on Sunday. We have no new injuries.”
The Boss also confirmed reports that Per Mertesacker has been given a contract extension and given an update on the centre-back’s fitness.
“He has an option [on his contract] which we have taken,” Wenger went on. “There was no negotiation, it was just an option
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“I think he’s two weeks away now [from returning from injury]. He has a number of games, it’s important that we have all our experienced players back.
“We are going into the moment of truth now, January to May. You want all your experienced players back in the squad.”
So it’s good news ahead of the clash with Burnley. Once Walcott and Mertesacker back, Santi Cazorla is the only first-team player missing with injury. The Gunners usually go into this period of the season in far worse shape than usual but will need to translate that into three wins from their next three matches.