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