Double defender boost for Arsenal

Arsenal defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are fit to face Watford on Sunday despite picking up injuries against Hull.

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The pair were both forced off in the FA Cup replay win over the Tigers in midweek but boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed they are available for the quarter-final visit of Watford on Sunday.

However, midfielder Aaron Ramsey faces around a month on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury at the KC Stadium.

Wenger told the club’s official website: “We had a few injuries at Hull – Gabriel, Mertesacker and Ramsey. Mertesacker and Gabriel are very positive, there is nothing wrong there, they are both good.”

Laurent Koscielny is closing in on a return from a calf problem but may not be risked this weekend, while Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are “progressing nicely” according to Wenger but have “no chance” of being involved against the Hornets.

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