Gunners set to welcome several players back from injury

Cape Town - Arsenal coach Unai Emery is set to welcome a number of first-team players back from injury, ahead of Sunday's trip to Watford.

The Gunners will resume Premier League action away to Watford on Sunday, which will be Quique Sanchez Flores' first match in charge following his return to Vicarage Road.

Forward Nicolas Pepe had already returned early from Ivory Coast's training camp in Deauville to work on building up his match fitness, with club sources moving to allay concerns over a fresh injury worry.

Arsenal confirmed none of the other players who have been away with their countries had so far indicated any fresh fitness problems.

A club statement read: "All players who were on international duty will have returned to us by Thursday morning. No international players have reported injuries during this period.

"However, all international players will be assessed ahead of Sunday's match."

Midfielder Joe Willock withdrew from the England Under-21 squad as he was carrying a calf problem, which is not expected to keep him on the side-lines.

Arsenal's update on the club's official website confirmed defender Rob Holding was "now back in full training with the first-team squad" following his long-term knee problem.

Full-back Hector Bellerin, meanwhile, is also "progressing well" with on-going rehabilitation from his own cruciate ligament injury suffered at the start of 2019, and "aiming to participate in full training" later this month.

Scotland international Kieran Tierney "continues to receive treatment and further assessments" on the groin problem which has delayed his debut after joining from Celtic ahead of the transfer deadline.

The full-back, though, is expected to also soon be in contention again along with Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.

Arsenal drew 2-2 with north London rivals Tottenham before the international break, which left them in fifth.

The Gunners, though, are one of several teams just three points behind second-placed Manchester City.

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