Arsenal are preparing to host AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium following a fairly tough week of football in the Premier League and Champions League.
After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain, Arsene Wenger will once again be dealing with a few injury concerns heading into this weekend’s affair.
Should he manage to train with the first team tomorrow, Lucas Perez could be named in the Arsenal squad which faces Bournemouth on Sunday after resuming individual training at the start of this week.
The Spaniard has returned earlier than expected after seeking treatment at his former club Deportivo La Coruna over an ankle injury.
Santi Cazorla is expected to miss yet another game despite being tipped to recover by mid-November when he initially suffered an injury last month.
Arsenal are still awaiting the outcome of the midfielder’s trip to Spain to consult specialist Dr Ramon Cugat over a niggling Achilles problem.
After signing a new contract with the club on Monday, Hector Bellerin’s next target is to make it back in time for Arsenal’s busy festive schedule in December.
The good news is that the 21-year-old’s ankle will not require surgery but he will take at least three more weeks to return.
Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker
The duo are still recovering from long-term injuries at the moment. Danny Welbeck is not expected to return to action until January but Per Mertesacker is already taking yoga classes to help speed up his comeback date.