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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will hope to make a winning return from injury against Manchester CityReuters

The Arsenal midfield is slowly getting back to its usual resources with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey returning to full fitness for the high-profile English Premier League clash at the Etihad against champions Manchester City.

Ramsey missed a chunk of Arsenal's matches after injuring his hamstring in their final Champions League group stage match against Galatasaray, but Wenger confirmed the return of the midfielder, who, when on song, is one of the best in the Premier League.

Ozil made his comeback from a long-term injury last weekend and the playmaker is ready and raring to go, desperate to prove his critics wrong and put in those performances which made him arguably the best No.10 in the world during his time with Real Madrid.

Theo Walcott is another player who could be well in contention for a starting place against Manchester City, and the quicker the forward gets into the groove the better it is for Arsenal, who are a better side by miles with a goalscoring Walcott in their team.

"They were already available for last week and they are available for Sunday," said Arsene Wenger when asked about Ramsey, Ozil and Walcott.

Kieran Gibbs is also expected to make it in time for the Manchester City clash after coming back from a heel problem, but striker Danny Welbeck is set for another couple of weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

"Danny Welbeck is not ready yet, he is still feeling some pain, so we will have to be patient," Wenger said. "I think he has two more weeks [before he's back in contention].

Arsenal have Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott who can all play as a central forward in their team, so Welbeck's loss should be covered, but Wenger will again have a bit of a defensive crisis on his hands following the devastating news that Mathieu Debuchy will miss another three months after undergoing shoulder surgery following that unnecessary push from Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic.

Mikel Arteta is another player, who will have to watch from the sidelines for the next three months after undergoing ankle surgery, while Wenger gave an update on the recovery of fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been out ever since injuring his ankle against Manchester United last year.

"He's doing very well," added Wenger. "He's a bit ahead of schedule. We always said that he should be alright by the end of February."

Arsenal haven't done so well in their travels to the homes of big teams in the Premier League in the recent past, and if Wenger's men are to seriously contend for the title from next season these are the kind of games they need to get positive results from.

Confirmed lineups: Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ramsey, Sanchez; Giroud.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Ferandinho, Fernando; Navas, Silva, Milner; Aguero.

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