Arsenal Stars Face Fitness Test and Mohamed Elneny Hands Gunners Injury Boost

Joanna Durkan

Arsenal make the trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday to face a well-drilled West Bromwich Albion side and Arsene Wenger has provided an update on the health of his squad in his pre-match press conference, according to the ​official club website

Arsenal v Lincoln City - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final
Arsenal v Lincoln City - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final

With Arsenal winning only one of their last four Premier League matches, their place in the top four has been relinquished to Liverpool, although the Gunners do have two games in hand, but the club's injury list has taken a turn for the better.

Speaking in the lead up to his side's meeting with the Baggies, Wenger provided an update on the squad:  "​(Kieran)  Gibbs is uncertain at the moment. (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain has a test today, but overall it’s the squad that was available (for Lincoln). 

"Elneny has joined in again. Apart from Cazorla, we should have everybody available."

Asked if  he expected Mohamed Elneny to return so soon, Wenger added:  "No, because at the start it looked like it was a very bad ankle injury. He has recovered well because he’s a very strong boy and very keen to come back as quickly as possible. It worked well for him."

Elneny has failed to make a significant impact this season,  having played on only twelve occasions  in the league so far this campaign. His return will add much needed depth and control in the midfield.  

With the majority of his squad in good condition, Wenger will have the opportunity to  field a strong side against Tony Pulis' side, and with twelve league  games remaining and a FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, the Gunners will need a healthy and fully-fit team to secure a top four spot and their third FA Cup in four seasons. 


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