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The captain returns, and other pre-Tottenham injury updates

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Some good news as Mikel Arteta and Laurent Koscielny should be fit for Sunday's derby.

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Jeremy Wilson, reliable Arse-centric journo of The Telegraph, reports that Mikel Arteta made a return to full training while the side were in Munich. It is unclear why the squad were in Munich this week. Maybe for some special training camp or something? Who knows, it's all a blur.

Wilson also reports that Arteta is a legitimate option to start Saturday. While it would be surprising considering the captain has not played at all in two weeks, and has not started a match since the last time we played Spurs on September 23rd, our other injuries could force the manager's hand here. If he did start, it would be in place of Joel Campbell with Santi Cazorla pushing further up the pitch. Joel played well against Swansea in his only start, I think, since the Great Injury Crisis of 2015. Midfield control has not been great lately, though, so the insertion of one of the great DLPs of the past few years, as well as replacing the more adventurous Campbell with a midfielder in Santi, might go a long ways in allowing Arsenal to take the sting out of Spurs if they start to mount some consistent attacks without doing much damage to the Arsenal attack.

Also of note, Wilson states that Laurent Koscielny should be fine for the match Sunday and could have played Wednesday, if he had been necessary. That report, if true, is yet another indication that Arsene Wenger is going all out for the Premier League.

Lastly, Wilson reports that Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should all be back after the Interlull and that Tomas Rosicky was given the green light to start running next week. All in all, things seem to be turning around for Arsenal on the injury front.