The Gunners’ record signing, Mesut Ozil, is in contention to make his comeback on Sunday after more than three months out with knee ligament damage.
The German star, who returned to full training on Friday and again joined the first-team group on Monday, feels ready to start playing again but it is most likely that he will be eased back into competitive football from the substitutes’ bench following the surgery on his knee.
Arsenal gaffer, Arsene Wenger also confirmed his return.
“I want him to have a future here. He is one of the players who has gone through difficult times but he kept his focus, worked very hard and I hope he will be rewarded for that. He has matured.” said Wenger.
As well as Ozil, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Flamini should also return on Sunday. But both Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck are not back in full training and will undergo further assessment before a decision is made on their possible availability.
Mikel Arteta will definitely not be recovered from his calf injury and, while Arsène Wenger is open to strengthening in central midfield during this January transfer window.
Arsenal will play Stoke City on Sunday at The Emirates and then they will travel to Manchester City on January 18.