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Arsenal injury news: Ozil back, Alexis probable, Welbeck close

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A lot of players seem close to coming back. That seems positive!

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In case you have been asleep this morning, Francis Coquelin was back in training today. However, he was not the only bit of positive injury news Arsene Wenger gave today in his pre-Chelsea press conference. There was quite a lot of good news!

First off, Mesut Ozil is definitely back for Chelsea. Considering our offensive ineptitude at the Britannia on Sunday, his return will be most welcome.

Secondly, Alexis Sanchez is probably back! Now, I know. Arsene has pretty much been saying he's almost back for at least two or three weeks now. To be honest, I'm getting a little concerned by the consistent pushback. First, it was the setback before the Manchester City match. Then, it was the weekly ordeal of "he's not ready for [the next match] but he should be ready for [the match after that]" quotes from the manager. It's a little disconcerting because during his time at Arsenal, if Alexis is even close to being fit, he plays. This seems slightly different though as the manager has proffered his opinion that the Chilean will play Sunday. Let's hope so.

Next, Tomas Rosicky, who returned to training recently, will get a run out with the U21 side tomorrow in their match against Swansea City. It's been awhile since Lil' Mozart has seen the pitch so you would think he'd need one or two of these warm-up matches before he's inserted into the first-team matchday squad. Hopefully he does not suffer any setbacks as he could be a useful bench and rotation options during the stretch run.

Finally, and most shocking of all, Danny Welbeck is a week away from training! Is it just me or did this come out of nowhere? Like Rosicky, Welbeck has been out for awhile so his return to match fitness will likely take weeks, but as others on this site have written, Welbz could have a significant impact upon his return.

Overall, it looks like things are looking up for the Arsenal first-team squad. Hopefully, after a couple months of crummy luck, things will turn around.