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Cech, Koscielny boost Arsenal squad for Boro test

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 17/04/2017

Cech, Koscielny boost Arsenal squad for Boro test

Goalkeeper Petr Cech and centre-half Laurent Koscielny are set to be named in Arsenal's matchday squad for Monday's Premier League clash against Middlesbrough.

Cech who has started 27 times in the current EPL campaign has not featured for the Gunners in the league since March 18, while Koscielny has been out since the home draw against Manchester City earlier this month. The pair are preparing for late fitness tests ahead of Monday’s trip to Middlesborough.

Cech has struggled with a calf problem since the Gunners 3-1 defeat to West Brom, whilst captain Koscielny has missed the last two games with an achilles injury. David Ospina and Lucas Perez have failed to recover from their respective injuries.

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Revealing his team news ahead of the all-important clash against Boro, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "From the last game, I believe that we have a chance of getting Petr Cech back in the squad.

"Laurent Koscielny is joining in today. If their tests are positive, they will come back into the squad for Monday’s game." Wenger told Arsenal Player

On the chances of Cech and Koscielny making Monday's game and the situation with Lucas Perez and David Ospina, Wenger added: "Eighty per cent. At the moment it’s pretty good, but sometimes the 20 per cent can play a villain’s part in the final preparation. Ospina and Perez are still out."

Arsenal sit seventh on the 20-team table with 54 points after 30 games, ten points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. A win against Middlesbrough will further compound the hosts' woes as they struggle to keep their heads above water.