Date: 20th November 2014 at 2:44pm
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When Olivier Giroud first had his leg broken by a football it was thought that he wouldn`t feature for Arsenal again until early 2015.

However Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Frenchman is one month ahead of schedule and is in contention to feature against Manchester United this weekend, presumably from the bench.

He said “Giroud and Arteta are both available, it`s just a question of how ready they are. But they are available. Giroud is weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. We have Giroud back, we have [Theo] Walcott back. Slowly, they will integrate into the team again and give us different options.”

With the return of Walcott and Sanchez in blistering form (not to mention Danny Welbeck getting off to a modest start) Arsenal are looking in much better shape going forward, we are still lacking in the defensive department, another area in which Wenger gave us an update.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again. We have to see now. Usually, field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness. It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It`s not inflammation, it`s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good.”

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