Arsenal Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Crucial Man Utd Clash

By on May 14, 2015
Danny-Welbeck

Danny-Welbeck

Arsenal have been handed a double injury boost with both Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to be fit to face Manchester United this weekend, according to the Daily Mail.

Welbeck has been on the sidelines for the past two weeks after picking up a knee injury in training before the Hull City game and was also forced to sit out if Monday’s shock home defeat to Swansea.

Boss Arsene Wenger was confident the 24-year-old would recover in time to face his former side and it appears that confidence was well-placed, as the Daily Mail claim Welbeck will be back in the squad that travels to Old Trafford this weekend.

It remains to be seen whether Wenger will recall the attacker to the starting eleven or use him from the bench but I’m sure Welbeck will be desperate to face his boyhood club.

The England international has enjoyed a mixed season since moving to the Emirates last summer but a notable highlight came when he scored the winner against United in their FA Cup quarter final clash and I’m sure he’d love to recreate that moment on Sunday afternoon.

In what is a double injury boost for Arsenal, the Mail also claim that the Gunners are confident Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit and available for selection this weekend.

The 21-year-old has been out since pulling his hamstring against United back in early March and his comeback was delayed after he aggravated a groin injury. However, the midfielder has been in full training for over a week and looks set for a recall to the squad on Sunday.

Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back following Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea and this game with United will be crucial in determining who can secure an automatic Champions League qualification spot for next season.

A United win would move them into third and a point clear of Arsenal, but an away victory would see the North Londoners go five points clear with a game in hand, so it’s all to play for this weekend.

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