Gunners boosted by return of four players

Arsenal’s medical team have confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Sokratis are all available for Thursday’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov in Belarus.

Aubameyang and Ozil have recovered from illness, Xhaka’s groin isn’t tight anymore and Sokratis’ left ankle has unbanjaxed itself quicker than expected.

Given our schedule – we don’t play in the league for another 11 days – Emery could be tempted to take them all to Minsk. Who knows, the way things are going, he could leave Ozil there.

The only doubt is Aaron Ramsey who is still nursing a knee problem. In fairness, we’d go weak at the knee if we saw a £400,000 a week pay cheque incoming.

Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck remain out for the season. But you knew that already.