Arsenal have endured a number of injury setbacks over the past few weeks but the Gunners will only make a return to action next weekend, when they square off against Liverpool at Anfield, and the mini rest will certainly prove to be a blessing in disguise for the North London side in terms of the overall fitness of the squad.
Both Laurent Koscielny and Alex Iwobi had to be forced off during Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week but it is expected that the two players will be fit in time to feature against Liverpool.
As for Mohamed Elneny, who suffered an injury in the FA Cup clash against Sutton on Monday, the Egyptian midfielder will have a scan on his damaged ankle and manager Arsene Wenger will surely hope that the results are positive, especially with Santi Cazorla out for the rest of the season.
Aaron Ramsey is another player on the recovery trail for Arsenal following a calf injury sustained last month and the London Evening Standard claim that the Welshman is optimistic of returning to full fitness ahead of the Gunners’ FA Cup Quarter final clash against Lincoln City.
Keown says Wenger will stay if this happens
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Arsene Wenger’s long term future at Arsenal at the moment and it is widely expected that the veteran Frenchman will be departing from his current post as manager of the Gunners at the end of the current campaign.
However, ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown is not so sure that Wenger will leave this time as well and has expressed his belief that the 67-year-old could stay put if the Gunners are able to make it into the top four as well as win the FA Cup.
“The board and Arsene Wenger now need to decide whether he is the right man to go on. It’s as simple as that. Is it right for the club? Is it right for the owners?” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that if they qualify for the Champions League and do alright in the FA Cup, it’ll be status quo for next season. Why wouldn’t it be?”
Koscielny reiterates his happiness at Arsenal
Despite only signing a new three year deal with Arsenal last month, Laurent Koscielny has been constantly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium and the 31-year-old making a return to France has been seen as a real possibility at the moment.
To quash speculation that he is heading back to his home nation though, Koscielny has categorically stated that he is not interested in a move back to France anytime soon and has insisted that he remains perfectly happy at London.
The Arsenal star told RMC, "I have had no contact with a French club and, even if I did, I would have cut it short very quickly because I do not see myself coming back to France at the moment. I am happy with my life on and off the field. If my family and I are happy here, that is the most important thing."