By Editor Wayne Veysey
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin are set to hand Arsenal a boost by returning after the international break, Football Insider sources understand.
The first-team trio are all on the road to recovery and are expected to be available for the club’s trip to West Brom on 21 November.
Sources have said that Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) trained last Saturday and Arsene Wenger considered recalling him for the north London derby the following day, but erred on the side of caution.
The 22-year-old will be back in the fold for the Hawthorns, while Ramsey (hamstring) and Bellerin (groin) are also closing in on comebacks following absences of five and two matches respectively.
It is boost for Wenger, who has publicly voiced fears that the team’s casualty list will derail their Premier League challenge and hopes of progressing through to the Champions League group stages.
Arsenal were without 10 senior players as they were trounced 5-1 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Although Wenger’s options were increased by the returns of Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and David Ospina for the 1-1 draw against Tottenham, the lacklustre nature of the home team’s performance demonstrated the draining effects of the team’s punishing recent schedule without so many players.
Speaking afterwards, Wenger said: “We gain two weeks treatment for the 10 players who are not available at the moment. I hope after these two weeks that we do not lose more and get some back.”