EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal team news as trio return to training ahead of West Brom trip
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin have all returned to full training, Football Insider sources understand.
The trio were injured before the international break and are hopeful of returning to the Arsenal team for Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Brom.
A club source has told Football Insider that, of the trio, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Bellerin are regarded as more advanced in their fitness, while Ramsey still has to convince Arsene Wenger that he is ready to return after a month’s absence.
Ramsey has missed Arsenal’s last five matches with a hamstring problem while Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Bellerin (groin) have missed three and two matches respectively.
Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) has been training for over a week and Wenger considered recalling him for the north London derby before the international break, but erred on the side of caution.
The return to training of the trio is a 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 earlier this month.
Wenger is expected to slot Bellerin straight back into the starting line-up, which could pave the way for the exit of Mathieu Debuchy.
The French right-back was told a fortnight ago by France manager Didier Deschamps that he needs to play regularly or leave the Gunners in the January window if he wants to play at Euro 2016.
Football Insider revealed on 19 October that Debuchy will ask for a winter transfer if he remains second choice to Bellerin.