Arsenal welcome back Szczesny for Tottenham match

Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal squad boosted by the return to training of a number of players ahead of the North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail has reported. Among them, Wojciech Szczesny is expected to start in goal.

The Poland international will replace Vito Mannone after missing the last two months’ of action. Szczensy’s last appearance came in the Gunners’ 6-1 win over Southampton, before an ankle injury disrupted the 22-year-old’s season and handed Mannone his opportunity. But the Mail adds that Mannone will be dropped after an unconvincing display against Fulham a week ago.

Joining Szczesny in contention to face Tottenham are Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who each had question marks hanging over their fitness. While the pair are under consideration to play against Spurs, the match is likely to come too soon for Tomas Rosicky and Gervinho, who are both back in training, but still some way short of match fitness.

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