By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will welcome four players back into the first-team fold for Sunday’s game against Newcastle.
Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Andrey Arshavin (illness), Alex Song (calf) and Denilson (groin) all missed the midweek trip to Shakhtar Donetsk with minor complaints but the quartet all return this weekend.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Robin van Persie is back in full training after nine weeks out with an ankle injury and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) is close to a comeback too.
No wonder Wenger was in good spirits when he faced the media on Friday afternoon.
“They [the players who missed Wednesday’s game] are basically all fit. Everyone. I am very pleased about that,” he said.
“Kieran Gibbs [knee] is still out but Van Persie had for the first time today a full training session and Vermaelen is not far but is not ready. It is a question of days for him. It is encouraging.”Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source