Arsenal are set for a double fitness boost ahead of the weekend’s clash with Southampton as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott have been cleared to play.
Walcott will return to the side after a six week lay-off with a stomach problem and will bring some much needed pace back to the Gunners’ frontline against his former side.
Meanwhile, in-form Welsh midfielder Ramsey suffered a tight hamstring which forced him out of Wales’ friendly international with Finland last Saturday but has taken a week of rest to recover fully.
Arsenal’s midfield has suffered in recent weeks with Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Yaya Sanogo all on the sidelines and Lukas Podolski, recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the 2-0 Champions League win against Fenerbahce back in August, hoping to be back before December.
The league leaders host the impressive Saints on Saturday at the Emirates, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men having conceded a league-best five goals all season as they sit in third place.