Arsenal manager Unai Emery has received a welcome boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting CP with the returns to training of key defenders Nacho Monreal and Sokratis.
Monreal has been out with a hamstring strain picked up in the Gunners 5-1 win at Fulham on October 7, while Sokratis has been sidelined with an ankle problem.
Sokratis, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, played a full part in training at Arsenal’s London Colney base and he could play a part against Sporting CP. Monreal, however, will not be fit enough to participate in a game that Unai Emery is viewing as must win.
The Spaniard told his pre-match press conference (via football.london) that although it is important to wrap up first place in the group as quickly as possible, he will not be taking Sporting CP lightly.