Arsenal latest: Trio back in training; rival boss on ‘weaker’ Gunners side

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We brought you the news earlier today that Arsenal pair Abou Diaby and Mesut Ozil had both taken part in first-team training. It was particularly big news in terms of the French midfielder, who has been out of action for over a year.

His countryman Laurent Koscielny was also back following a thigh injury.

With Arsenal facing West Ham United on Tuesday evening, and with hopes of a top-four finish coupled with a FA Cup final on the horizon, Arsene Wenger will need as many of his top players fit and available as he can get.

In other news, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has said the Gunners will be weaker than they could be when the two sides come face to face.

In quotes published by ESPN, Allardyce said, “Certainly with Arsenal’s game-load and some of those injuries, yes, they will be weaker than they possibly could be.

“But they’ve kept a Champions League place for all these years with a squad of 25 players and nearly all are internationals, and they are playing at the Emirates, so whatever difficulties they have it’s still a hugely tough fixture for us.”

It certainly will. With Arsenal knowing that they have to win to keep up the pressure on Everton who currently sit in fourth place.

And finally, away from tomorrow’s game, Talk Sport have published a piece that gives you all you need to know about reported Gunners target Daryl Janmaat.

The Dutch right-back currently plays for Feyenoord, but reports over the weekend suggested Arsenal were in the box-seat for his signature after talks over a potential new deal broke down.

With doubts remaining over the future of Bacary Sagna, Janmaat could be the perfect replacement.

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