Arsenal could soon have William Saliba available for selection having missed almost a month of football due to a back injury, though the defender is still a doubt for this weekend’s clash against West Ham.

According to the Daily Mail, the centre-back is close to returning to full fitness with Eddie Nketiah also set to make his long-awaited comeback to the Arsenal squad, with the Gunners’ medical team treating Saliba’s injury with the upmost caution.

The £27m superstar injured his back in Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon in March, and given the nature of such a knock, the Gunners have been careful not to aggravate it any further by rushing Saliba back from the treatment table.

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With Arsenal winning two of their last three matches without Saliba, the north London side are coping well without the French international, though Rob Holding did endure a rough game against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend, with the centre-back conceding a penalty that Mohamed Salah thankfully missed.

Indeed, Saliba’s return could come at the perfect time for Arsenal ahead of their final Premier League fixtures, and with the defender close to getting over this back injury, the Gunners could soon have their best starting XI back ahead of their mammoth clash against Manchester City at the end of this month.

Arsenal fans will be praying for Saliba to return from injury soon

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Saliba has easily been one of Arsenal’s most important players this season, with the 21-year-old forming a solid partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes and creating one of the best spines in the entire Premier League. And for supporters, they will be hopeful that the defender returns to fitness sooner rather than later.

Whilst missing out on Saliba for West Ham is another huge blow, the defender could be in the frame to return to the starting XI to face Southampton, a good test for the centre-back before the Gunners travel up north to Manchester to face their title rivals.

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