Arsenal has confirmed that Nicolas Pepe has returned to full fitness ahead of the side’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.
Pepe suffered bruising to his knee after being scythed down by West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-1 win at the London Stadium last weekend. The Ivorian forward played through the pain and scored his first goal from open play with a brilliant strike in the 66th minute before being replaced by Reiss Nelson at the death.
However, Pepe was unavailable as Arsenal drew with Standard Liege on Thursday evening and there were fears he could miss this weekend’s much-anticipated meeting with Pep Guardiola’s champions.
A statement released by the club said: ‘Nicolas Pepe – Available for selection for Manchester City (h) after bruising to left knee sustained during West Ham United (a).’
Granit Xhaka suffered a concussion against the Hammers and will miss out at the Emirates, along with Dani Ceballos (hamstring), Hector Bellerin (hamstring), Rob Holding (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder).
🗞 Here's our latest team news update ahead of #ARSMCI 👇— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 14, 2019