Double boost for Gunners
Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski will return to the Arsenal squad for Monday's match against Chelsea.
Last Updated: 22/12/10 2:21pm
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski will be in the Arsenal squad for Monday's match against Chelsea.
Wojciech Szczesny lined up between the posts for the recent defeat to Manchester United after Fabianski was placed on the bench due to a hip injury.
The young Polish goalkeeper acquitted himself well at Old Trafford but his more senior compatriot is now available again.
French midfielder Diaby is also in contention for his first appearance since 16th October after recovering from a knee problem.
Wenger admits both players would have been involved in the game against Stoke on Saturday if it had not been postponed due to snow.
"We have everybody back," Wenger told the club's official website. "We had them in the squad for Stoke - Diaby, Fabregas, Van Persie. Fabianski too.
"They have had one more week to prepare for this game and build up their fitness. That will have helped them of course.
"So overall we miss only Vermaelen, Almunia and Kieran Gibbs now. They will not be back in the short-term - over Christmas - but everybody else is available."
Manuel Almunia and Gibbs have ankle injuries but it is the absence of Thomas Vermaelen that has arguably hurt the Gunners most.
The Belgian has not played since August due to an Achilles problem, although Wenger is hopeful that he will be back in action in around a month.
"I would rather say late January," said Wenger. "He is short on fitness and we have to build it up.
"That will take three to four weeks. He has started now and the signs are good.
"But I have been hit so many times with backlash that I am very cautious with Vermaelen.
"However, Gibbs should be available at the beginning of January."