'The fitness situation is very satisfying'
By Chris Harris
Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal's injury prevention work as he prepares for Sunday's FA Cup tie with virtually a fully-fit squad.
Abou Diaby and Andre Santos returned to training on Thursday ahead of the third-round clash with Swansea City, leaving just Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) on the injured list.
"Overall the [fitness] situation is very satisfying," Wenger told Arsenal.com.
"Even when you start the season, usually you have an injury. We had Tomas Rosicky coming back injured from the European Championships. [Having everybody fit] is something we really enjoy.
"We are doing more work on [injury prevention] and it certainly plays a part. It’s difficult to say how much, but the prevention has become a bigger part of our training methods."
Diaby and Santos will not be considered for Sunday's trip to the Liberty Stadium but they could return to action soon.
"The first step will be to assess how much they can absorb training with the squad," said Wenger. "After [that, it will be] to get them back to match-fitness level. It’s difficult to predict how much time that will take. But it can be relatively short."
Here's our picture gallery of Abou, Andre and the squad training at Emirates Stadium on Thursday
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