Arsenal receive double fitness boost ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal have been given a double boost ahead of their clash against Crystal Palace this weekend, with Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin set to be fit for the fixture, Express reports.

Sanchez was given an extended break by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger following his exploits for Chile in the Copa America, and was not expected to feature until later in the month.

However, Sanchez was thrust into action against West Ham United last Sunday after going 2-0 down, and is now set to start against Palace at Selhurst Park this Saturday.

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Bellerin, meanwhile, was suffering from a calf injury but Wenger has revealed that the Spaniard is back to full fitness and will be in contention to replace Mathieu Debuchy as the starting right-back.

Wenger also revealed that Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are still recovering from long term injuries, before adding that Wilshere’s injury is healing faster than expected.

“Compared to last week’s game we haven’t lost anybody,” he said.

“Bellerin is back available and other injuries like Welbeck and Wilshere are not back.

“Jack is back in training but I thought at the start it will be six to eight weeks but it could be three to four so that is positive news.”