Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Arsenal handed quadruple injury boost ahead of run-in

Arsene Wenger has been given some much-needed good news ahead of the most important week of Arsenal's season to date.

The Gunners are set to take on Atletico Madrid next week in the semifinal of the Europa League, with each leg coming either side of a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the league.

With a top four finish now out of the equation for Wenger's men - barring a miracle - they will need to win the Europa League in order to book a place in next season's Champions League.

Fans were unhappy to see their team drawn against Atletico for the next round of the competition but they have at least been delivered some good news with the Evening Standard reporting that Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and David Ospina are all expected to be fit for the upcoming clashes with Atletico as well as Man United.

Aaron Ramsey was brilliant against CSKA Moscow (Image: Dan Istitene/Getty Images,)

While their status for this weekend's London derby with West Ham at the Emirates remains questionable, the trio have returned to training and are in line to face Atletico in just over a week.

It is not clear if Ospina will get the nod in goals over Petr Cech against Atletico but his return will give the Gunners greater options as they look to claim their first European trophy under Wenger.

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan could also be involved for the semifinals or against his former club despite fears that his recent knee injury would cause him to miss the rest of the season.

Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, is expected to be rested on Sunday for the visit of the Hammers as the Frenchman continues to deal with a chronic Achilles problem which has limited his game time.

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