Wenger welcomes key player back to training, set to be named in squad tomorrow
The Arsenal squad will be in better shape than it was a week ago, heading into the Premier League clash with Hull City.
Apart from being banned from the sidelines, Arsene Wenger has faced the discomfort of having limited options in midfield following Granit Xhaka’s red card against Burnley and Aaron Ramsey’s recent injury.
That situation has seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain temporarily move into a central midfield role alongside Francis Coquelin.
But ahead of this weekend’s Premier League affair, the Arsenal manager has revealed that Mohamed Elneny has made a swift return from international duty with Egypt and has been able to train with the squad.
“From last Saturday we have Elneny back available in the squad. Apart from that, we have the question about Hector Bellerin. He’s going for tests and the process every day and we’ll only know tomorrow if he gets the green light from the medical people to practise or not. At the moment he has not practised.” Wenger said
“He [Elneny] trained yesterday with the team. He’s fully focused and as always, a fantastic player with a great mentality. He is disappointed that [Egypt] lost in the final but we had a quality session yesterday.”
Elneny, who scored a brilliant goal in last Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, is expected to be named in the 18-man Arsenal squad which will face Hull City at the Emirates stadium.