Arsene Wenger says there remains a “strong possibility” of Arsenal catching Leicester City as they prepare to welcome back another injury victim.
Arsenal are 11 points behind Leicester at the top of the Premier League heading into the weekend but have to chance to put pressure on the Foxes with a win at West Ham in Saturday’s early game.
“As long as mathematically it’s possible, there’s a strong possibility (of catching Leicester),” Wenger said.
“You look at the difficulty of the Premier League, they have been remarkably consistent, but every game is very, very tight, so that can go the other way as well.
“We know we need nearly the perfect run – I could have cut the ‘near’ out.
“We do not only look in front of us, we look behind us as well, because we are chased by a group of teams who can make it very difficult for us.
“We have just to focus on our performance and hope we finish in a very strong way.”
Arsenal’s injuries continue to ease ahead of the run-in. Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere will feature for the club’s Under-21 side on Friday, while Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini could both feature at Upton Park.
“We have a similar squad, everyone should be available who played against Watford,” Wenger said. “Ramsey could join in because he had a good training session yesterday. Flamini is available, Wilshere and Rosicky will play on Friday night.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is still coming back with fitness and he will train with Cazorla. The injury situation is quite positive.”
On Wilshere, Wenger added: “Ideally I would have loved to have him available for the whole season.
“I am a bit cautious because of history, lets not rush it too much. He will have a big part in the game tomorrow night and hopefully he will come through it well.”