Danny Welbeck is available for Arsenal's trip to Manchester United giving manager Arsene Wenger the option to rest Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman showing signs of fatigue in the final few games of the season.
The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger has insinuated that the striker should be fit to face his old club, having already inflicted pain on the Red Devils by scoring the winning goal in the quarter finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford. The striker, who made the journey to the Emirates last summer, got on the end of a loose ball from Antonio Valencia and rounded David de Gea to make what has been arguably his most important contribution to the campaign.
Welbeck would add some pace to the frontline, which already has Alexis Sanchez on fire and Aaron Ramsey pulling the strings from the right. Wenger had revealed that he had kept Welbeck in the starting line-up last time around as he would have the extra motivation while playing against his former club.
Welbeck would have the opportunity to help Arsenal secure a spot above United in the league table for the second year in succession. A point for the Gunners in this fixture will leave them needing only a draw against either West Bromwich Albion or Sunderland to secure third place, an improvement from their fourth place finish last season. However, Wenger would be looking to push for second spot, their highest ever league finish in almost a decade.
The Gunners are also without the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is back in full training but has not made the bench as yet, with the manager hinting that the player is not completely match fit. The England international created the first goal for the Gunners in the FA Cup, which was finished with aplomb by Nacho Monreal to give Arsenal the lead.
Chamberlain's ability to dribble at pace would be a massive boost for the north London club, who have recently received a boost by the return of Jack Wilshere in the midfield.