By Emma Sanders
Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin and Olivier Giroud all returned to Arsenal training ahead of their Champions League clash against Basel on Tuesday evening – and fans reacted with excitement on Twitter.
Metro report that the trio were spotted taking part in a training session on Monday morning, giving Arsene Wenger a huge boost ahead of the European tie.
Only Olivier Giroud is in contention to feature though after sitting out last week’s EFL Cup defeat against Southampton and this Saturday’s 5-1 victory over West Ham at the London stadium.
Bellerin’s return was the most exciting for Arsenal fans after the right-back picked up an ankle injury during the 1-1 north London derby draw.
The 21-year-old has been out of action for a month and Arsenal have struggled to replace him in defence, switching between Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal and Gabriel.
Mertesacker has not featured for Arsenal this season and has been battling to recover from a serious knee injury which he sustained in pre-season.
The Gunners’ skipper faces a tough test to try and return to the starting XI, with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny firmly consolidating their place in the side.
However, the trio’s return will be good news for Wenger because Arsenal have already been hit with a number of injury concerns this season but still sit in second place in the Premier League.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— Jahan Miah🇬🇧🇧🇩 (@AllAboutTheAFC) December 5, 2016
— Arsenal 1886 FC (@Arsenal_1886_FC) December 5, 2016
Bellerin and Mertesacker back in light training today. The optimist would say Bellerin could return against Man City on the 18th. #afc
— PB (@OliPriceBates) December 5, 2016
Bellerin back in training, fantastic news we have missed his presence a lot #AFC
— James (@SomeAnyJamaican) December 5, 2016
I am so indescribably happy to see @mertesacker out there and training with a such a big smile. Welcome back, captain!
— Anna • 🔴 (@clockends) December 5, 2016
In other Arsenal news, this senior duo are demanding shocking wage increases.