PREVIEW By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal are likely to give Petr Cech as long as possible to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford.
Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday that the experienced goalkeeper is set to return to full training and is in contention to make his comeback.
Cech, who has been one of Arsenal’s outstanding performers this season, has been sidelined for a month with a calf injury.
His deputy David Ospina has performed capably in the absence of the Czech international but Wenger will be keen to have his No1 available for the entirety of the title run-in.
The likelihood is that Cech will go straight into the team to face Watford if he is passed fit to make his first appearance since the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Swansea on 2 March.
Speaking to the Arsenal website on Thursday afternoon, Wenger said: “Cech is going back to normal training. It’s too early to say if he will be available for the weekend. He might be a bit short to be competitive.”
Further up the field, Wenger is likely to stick with the bulk of the team that performed so impressively in their 2-0 win at Everton before the international break.
Alex Iwobi could make his third consecutive start on the flank, while Danny Welbeck, who performed well for England in a wide role against Germany, could once again spearhead the attack.
Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin; Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.