As Arsenal prepare to face Burnley in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, Arsène Wenger comes bearing gifts in the form of players returning from injury. Not only should Mohamed Elneny be making his first Arsenal appearance, but Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky could make their first appearances of 2016. Arsène's exact words:
Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training. Tomas is also available for selection.
Regardless of your particular feelings on Coquelin in general, this is spectacular news. Even the most radical anti-Coquelin advocate has got to be tired of watching Mathieu Flamini's approximation of football at this point, and who the hell doesn't love the yearly late-season Rosicky laser show? That's not all, either.
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.
Jack [Wilshere] and Santi [Cazorla] are progressing well but they are at least a few weeks away. But these two apart, it is just about competitiveness and match fitness.
We've had some encouraging injury news lately, and this news continues to be encouraging. Hopefully it continues to be so until the players actually are on the field, and thereafter.