Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had some welcome injury news this week regarding Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere.
The Gunners head into 2016 top of the Premier League table after their 2-0 win over Bournemouth saw them leapfrog Leicester City to end the year on a high.
However, they have been decimated by injuries to key players through the first half of the season despite their continued good form, with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin ruled out for an extended period of time.
While that duo are likely to remain sidelined for some time yet, Wenger is expected to welcome back Alexis Sanchez against Sunderland on January 9, while Wilshere could be in line to return by the end of February, as confirmed by the French tactician in his press conference on Wednesday.
Wenger was in a positive mood as he spoke to reporters as his side prepare for a clash with Newcastle United at the weekend, and insisted that they are confident heading into the second half of the campaign.
“You cannot say that we have no chance after 19 games, we have a chance,” he told the media, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We are mature and the most important thing is at the end of the season to know we’ve given everything.
“If a team is better than us then fair enough. But we must give everything. I believe we have to focus on ourselves more than looking at who will be our threat.”
Meanwhile, the Frenchman added that he expects to be busy in the January transfer window, as even though he insisted that he couldn’t announce anything yet, he will be desperate to sustain their title push in 2016.