Heading into the hectic festive period, Arsenal may have less injuries than anticipated with reports in London of Per Mertesacker and Hector Bellerin already training.
Mertesacker has been out from the start of the season when he picked up a knee injury during pre-season.
PER MERTESACKER is back in training with Arsenal after a five-month lay-off.
The 32-year-old has been ruled out since July but was today picture in training at the Gunners’ base at London Colney.
The centre-back was snapped being put through his paces by assistant fitness coach Craig Grant having previously been doing much of his rehabilitation in Germany.
Arsenal signed Shkodran Mustafi in his absence and the defensive stalwart has forged a formidable partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of Arsenal’s defense.
Arsenal have also been boosted by the return of right-back Hector Bellerin who was also spotted in training today.
The Spain international has been sidelined for almost a month after picking up an ankle injury.
The pair could return this week with Arsenal facing Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night and hosting Stoke in the league on Saturday.