Emirates hero back for Stamford Bridge clash.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen will return to the team to play Chelsea on Saturday fit for his first Premier League match for more than two months.
The 25-year-old missed 33 league matches last year and has missed seven so far this season after sustaining a similar injury in August, while on international duty.
The Belgium international came through 85 minutes in last night’s 2-1 League Cup win over Bolton but came off suffering from cramp in his calf.
But Vermaelen has revealed it is nothing serious and is ready for the challenges ahead.
“It was great to be back in the pitch again,” he tweeted. “Great victory! Thanks for all the support. The fans were amazing today!!
“Btw, i had a small cramp at the end. Nothing serious. Just went out as a precaution.”
The Gunners have steadied after a poor start to the season and, with Vermaelen back in the heart of their defence, will be aiming for a fifth straight win on Saturday.
Meanwhile captain Robin van Persie has backed the new generation of youngsters coming through at Arsenal to restore the club to former glories.
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the guys play,” Van Persie told Arsenal’s Official Matchday Programme.
“I’ve trained with most of them, and watched them play, so I can tell you that there is a lot of talent in these players.
“What’s special for me is that they’re not scared – whether they’re playing at Emirates Stadium or the training ground, all they know is to play their football and enjoy it.”