Latest Arsenal injury news: Double boost for Gunners ahead of cup clash

Arsene Wenger delivers that latest Arsenal injury news, including updates on Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky

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Francis Coquelin is back available for Arsenal Photo: BT Sport

Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are both back available for selection ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Burnley on Saturday, Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday as he delivered the latest Arsenal injury update.

Coquelin has been out of action since November due to a knee injury but has been training with the first-team for two weeks and could make his return in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash.

Rosicky, meanwhile, has not featured for Arsenal all season due to injury but could get his first run-out of the year against the Clarets at Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website on Thursday afternoon, Wenger said: “Per Mertesacker is out because of the red card, and everybody else is available, apart from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. After that it is just a question of selection and decision-making, that is the key.

“Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training. Tomas is also available for selection.”

There was also positive news regarding striker Danny Welbeck, who has missed the whole of the season thus far due to a knee injury.

Wenger continued: “Danny Welbeck is not completely ready but he is not far. He needs a game or two because he’s been out since last April. The Stoke [under-21] game is too soon because he only had one session with the team, and that is too short.”

The Arsenal boss also delivered updates on long-term absentees Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla ahead of this weekend’s cup clash.

Latest Arsenal injury news: Players out

Danny Welbeck (Knee)
Santi Cazorla (Knee)
Jack Wilshere (Ankle)

The Frenchman added: “Jack and Santi are progressing well but they are at least a few weeks away. But these two apart, it is just about competitiveness and match fitness.”

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Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League last weekend, as Per Mertesacker was sent off in the first half.

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