After last night’s win over Bournemouth, things are about to get a lot better for Arsenal in the coming weeks.
With the injury to Mustafi last night (still no news on how bad it is, but let’s assume he will miss Burnley this Sunday) and ‘nearly-injuries’ concerning Bellerin and Sokratis late on in the game, you’d be forgiven for thinking things were looking quite dire at the Arsenal camp, but I think you’re wrong and here’s why…
This weekend’s trip to Burnley, while tricky, means we will have Aubameyang and David Luiz to come back from their suspensions. Auba has missed three games now since his red at Palace (Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bournemouth).
David Luiz only misses one game after his red card at his old club Chelsea last week and he sat out of last night’s win in Bournemouth, so will also return.
Following this game, we have two whole weeks off before our next game, at home against Newcastle, and as we have no replay after beating Bournemouth, there is a full two weeks and thirty minutes between our next two games.
The club also announced today they will be travelling off to Dubai on a training camp from the 7th to the 11th of February. Full details here.
If all goes to plan, Send Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson should both be back for the Newcastle game, following which the games are coming thick and fast so these comebacks will be more than timely.
After Newcastle, the Europa League kicks off again, so a visit to Greece to face Olympiacos on Thursday, followed by another home game against Everton on the Sunday at 4:30pm.
With our youngsters firing at the moment as well, there is no shortage of competition for places, and with Kieran Tierney to also return sometime in March, the second part of the season is looking very bright. This will leave just one long term absentee in Calum Chambers who should return next season following his ACL surgery.
Add to this, there is still a small chance of a couple of new players in the coming days, and if we can keep Dani Ceballos then we also have the depth of squad we have been missing recently as we try to make this season count under Mikel Arteta.