Every Arsenal player who went on international duty returned without any injury problems, apart from centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulous according to Unai Emery in his full pre-match Press conference on Thursday. He has some bruising on his ankle and is being assessed ahead of Monday night’s fixture but it will be difficult for him to play.
Mesut Özil has recovered from a back spasm while Danny Welbeck is now back in training following a hamstring injury. That means Emery would be free to use the same starting XI from the 5-1 win over Fulham, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is almost certain to return to the side having dropped to the bench last time out following an illness. He returned early from his time with Gabon, having played only one match, and is ready to be involved on Monday night.
There is still a slight doubt over Aaron Ramsey after he missed Wales’ second game of the international break because his wife gave birth to twins.
Finally, Emery said that Petr Cech is getting closer to a return and is being assessed, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has returned to full training, while Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain sidelined through injury.
Update Sunday 21 October: No sign of Sokratis at training today, Koscielny again heavily involved – in full contact scenarios as well.