Arsenal receive double injury boost ahead of Stoke clash

By on August 15, 2017

Arsene Wenger has received a double injury boost ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Stoke City with Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin stepping-up their returns last night.

The midfield duo joined fellow first team squad player Kieran Gibbs in playing for the Arsenal Under-23 side against Derby County last night as they all look to improve their match fitness.

Wilshere has been on the sidelines since suffering a fractured leg while on loan with Bournemouth last April but he is back in full training and got 73 minutes under his belt with the youth side yesterday.

Coquelin missed our Premier League opener against Leicester City after suffering an ankle injury in the Emirates Cup late last month but the Frenchman has now put himself in contention for a first team return after coming through the game last night unscathed.

The news will come as a welcome boost to Wenger as he prepares his squad to take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday night looking to make it two wins from two in the league.

Wilshere is unlikely to be involved with the first team just yet as he’ll need more time to build his match fitness but Coquelin could find himself on the bench against Stoke this weekend.

Both players played their part as the Under-23’s came from behind to beat Derby last night thanks to a brace from highly-rated youngster Reiss Nelson while Eddie Nketiah bagged the winner.

Stoke away this weekend is likely to be a different proposition for the first team and we know to expect a hostile atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday night.

We ran out 4-1 winners back in May but I expect it will be a lot tougher this time around against Mark Hughes’ men. We’re currently available at best odds of 3/4 to win the game but I’d head over to www.online-betting.org and make use of their free bets if I was betting on this game as I’m not too confident of coming away with all three points.