Arsenal injury boost as Ramsey and Lacazette return to training

Arsenal have been given a timely boost ahead of their meeting with Stoke City, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Alexandre Lacazette returning to training after recovering from their respective injuries.

According to the Daily Mail, Ramsey had a ‘small procedure’ but is back in contention to face the Potters on Sunday, April 1. The 27-year-old has made just four Premier League appearances for the Gunners since mid-December and has been in and out of the side in recent weeks.

Lacazette has made just one Premier League appearance since January but will be back for Arsenal when they welcome Stoke to the Emirates Stadium. He’s suffered from a knee injury that saw him miss six weeks of football, but his return gives Arsene Wenger options in attack again.

The Frenchman’s form has been inconsistent this season – netting just one league goal since December 2017 – leading to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four goals scored and created in five Premier League games) to dethrone Lacazette as the first-choice striker.

Laca could get some much-needed game time on the weekend to find his scoring boots as Stoke are having a terrible season. City are currently 19th in the Premier League, having won one of their last 12 games, and conceded more goals than any other side (58).

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