Away Gunner dressing room

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that one of Arsenal’s long-term absentees is set to finally make his return to action.

In comparison to previous campaigns, Arsenal have dealt with fewer injury problems so far this season as they look to continue an impressive run which has seen them secure five consecutive victories in the Premier League.

One man yet to play a part in the Gunners’ title surge is Carl Jenkinson who has been sidelined by a severe knee injury he suffered while on-loan at West Ham.

After almost a year out, the 24-year-old is preparing to feature for the first time today.

“He will be playing on Friday night and after that it’s down to getting a little bit more competition,” Wenger said.

“He has been out for a very long time but he’s available again to compete now.

“It has been very tough for him because he had the knee and after, the shoulders. You think it’s endless at that age, you need to be patient.

“He has been patient, resilient and he has a fantastic mentality – he has worked very hard to come back. He had the support of everybody here at the club and I think he has done extremely well.”

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