Arsenal have received a huge boost on the injury front as three key members of the Gunners’ first team have returned to training after varying length of layoff.
The biggest of the news is that of English winger Theo Walcott.
The speedy winger has been side lined for the past 10 months after suffering a serious knee injury during the North London derby FA Cup clash in January.
In his absence, Arsenal have struggled for pace on the wings.
Certainly, his return is huge news for Arsenal and a pleasant headache for manager Arsene Wenger.
Serge Gnabry is another first team player that has returned from another long layoff.
His return is also a big relief to Wenger as the German player is versatile, can operate on either wings and even centrally.
Just like Walcott, he brings space and bags of skill to the Gunners wings.
The third player to return to training is left back Nacho Monreal.
The Spanish defender isn’t the most loved amongst Arsenal fans but I doubt if anyone hiss at his return.
Currently, Arsenal’s defence is stretched with Debuchy out on a long term injury, Chambers suspended for the game against Hull City and Koscielny a big doubt for the game against Hull after pulling out of the France’s game against Portugal owing to an Achilles complaint.
With Monreal back, the Spaniard could pair Mertesacker at the heart of Arsenal’s defence should the Frenchman be unable to recover in time for the weekend’s game and if he does, it would be nice having Monreal on the bench as a back -up for Gibbs.
It is good news having this trio back but Wenger would be hopping that no other member of the Arsenal team currently globetrotting with their national team picks up any injury.
If the Gunners are to compete for honours this season, they would need all their top players in one piece.