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Published: 14:19 | 21/1/16

Double injury boost for Gunners

Ozil and Sanchez set for Chelsea clash

Arsenal have been given a boost ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday with the news that key pair Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could be fit to play.

Ozil missed last weekend's scoreless draw at Stoke with a toe injury while Sanchez has been out since November with a hamstring problem, but manager Arsene Wenger revealed that both men could play a part in the game.

"Compared to last week, we have no big problems," he said.

"The good news is that Ozil certainly will be available and for Sanchez, the next two days will be decisive - but I think he will be available for selection.

"The signs we've had in training this week are very positive."

Wenger also reported good progress for Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky as they all near a return to action.

"Coquelin is ahead of schedule and Welbeck should be back in training soon. That is positive news," the Frenchman added.

"Tomas Rosicky will play on Friday night for the U21s. We are going into a very important period so it is good to have key players available.

Sunday's clash with bitter rivals Chelsea is a crucial game for both clubs, albeit for very different reasons and Wenger is taking nothing for granted.

Chelsea have had a poor season so far and need a win to keep themselves from being dragged towards the lower reaches of the table, while the Gunners will be looking to maintain their title push with another three points.

"It is another game where people look at us and see how we behave because even if Chelsea isn't in the best position, you look at their squad," he said.

"It is a big game because of the quality of the players on the pitch and it has a big importance to us as well because we play at the Emirates and we know how important it will be to win this game."

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