Arsenal Team News: Wenger Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Liverpool Clash
Arsenal have been handed a double injury boost after Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi took part in training ahead of Friday night’s clash with Liverpool.
Arsenal have been handed a double injury boost after Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi both took part in full training ahead of Friday night’s clash with Liverpool.
Coquelin was a doubt for the huge game at the Emirates tomorrow night after limping off during the closing stages of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter final win over West Ham on Tuesday.
The Frenchman appeared to be holding his groin as he was replaced in stoppage time but Arsene Wenger suggested after the game that it may only have been a bout of cramp.
It seems the Gunners boss was right as after receiving some treatment on Wednesday, Coquelin was able to take part in full training with the rest of the squad at London Colney this afternoon.
Iwobi on the other hand limped off during the closing stages of Arsenal’s Premier League victory over Newcastle United last weekend after seemingly picking up a knock.
However, it’s turned out to be nothing serious as the Nigerian international was also able to take part in full training in North London today meaning he’s in contention to face Liverpool on Friday night.
The double boost gives Wenger vital options in midfield as the Arsenal boss is being tipped to deploy either Coquelin or Iwobi in a three-man midfield alongside Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka tomorrow.
Wenger has played a 4-3-3 formation in recent games and the Gunners boss could stick with that system on Friday in order to give Arsenal more bodies in midfield to deal with Liverpool’s array of attacking players.
However, Aaron Ramsey is out after suffering a hamstring injury against Southampton earlier this month while Olivier Giroud is set to miss the festive period after picking up his own hamstring problem in midweek.
Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates sitting one point behind the Merseysiders in the table so Wenger will be desperate for a win in order to leapfrog their rivals in to the top four.
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