Arsenal have confirmed Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney are back in contention to feature against Newcastle on Monday evening.
Tierney had been a near ever-present for the Gunners this season, missing just one league game before he was forced to sit out the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace during the week.
Martinelli, meanwhile, has been out since he was forced off against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
There was concern with both players, given each have a history of long-term injuries, but the club have confirmed both players are recovering well. The Brazilian is is back to full fitness, while a decision is yet to be made on Tierney.
A club statement reads: “Gabriel Martinelli – Right ankle. Now back in full training and is available for selection.
“Kieran Tierney – Right calf. Kieran has recovered from his tight calf and is back in training with the squad. Kieran will be assessed and tested ahead of Monday’s match.”
As for defender Pablo Mari, he was also absent against Palace after returning from the cold to start their previous three league matches. The summer arrival from Flamengo is nursing a calf injury, but seems doubtful to return in time to face Newcastle on Monday.
On Mari, the statement reads: “Pablo Mari – Right calf. Pablo has sustained a mild strain to his calf and will continue to rehabilitate in the coming days.”
Arsenal go into Monday evening’s clash high on form. Their 0-0 draw with Palace was their third straight clean sheet in the Premier League, while they have taken ten points from the last 12 available, as they look to recover from an abysmal start to the season.
A win on Monday would put them to within five points of the top six, which would have been the minimum expectation set out by Mikel Arteta at the start of the season.