Thomas Vermaelen fit for Chelsea game with Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna in full training

Vermaelen, Wilshere and Frimpong fitness boosts Wenger ahead of Chelsea clash

|

UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 27 September 2012

Arsenal have been boosted ahead of their London derby with Chelsea on Saturday by the return of influential defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Gunners Belgian centre-back missed the 1-1 draw against Manchester City with illness but will be ready to face the Blues.

Wenger has all-round good news on the injuries front, with Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna back in full training.

Comeback: Emmanuel Frimpong made his Gunners return on Wednesday

Comeback: Emmanuel Frimpong made his Gunners return on Wednesday

Emmanuel Frimpong also came off the bench in the 6-1 Capital One Cup win against Coventry to mark his return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Both he and Wilshere will feature in an Under-21s game at West Brom on Monday afternoon.

Wenger said of the Englishman: 'It is another important step, but he has not played for 14 months so we have to calm your impatience a little bit.

'It is fantastic for him, especially for him.

'When you are at that age and are out for such a long time, that is absolutely massive to take.'

Wilshere's injury problems saw him miss the whole of last season, and also forced out of contention for Euro 2012.

Ready: Thomas Vermaelen is set to face Chelsea

Ready: Thomas Vermaelen is set to face Chelsea

England have a World Cup qualifying double-header next month against San Marino at Wembley and then in Poland.

Wenger, though, warned against expecting a full-blown return at international level for the 20-year-old midfielder just yet.

'I think that will be too early for him. He has not played for 14 months,' said the boss.

However, the Arsenal manager joked: 'Who does England play, San Marino I think he can play in that game!'