Injury Updates

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mikel Arteta is back in the squad after recovering from a calf problem, Francis Coquelin is starting to run, while Santi Cazorla – who had a surgery on his knee – will be back in the team by mid-February.

Currently seven players are out for the Gunners due to injury, but the side have managed to secure nine points from a possible 12 during the busy Christmas schedule.

The north London club returned strongly to secure wins over Bournemouth and Newcastle following a chastening experience against Southampton, where they were beaten 4-0 at St Mary's. Laurent Koscielny's goal saw against Newcastle saw the Gunners draw a clear gap between themselves and Leicester City, who drew against Bournemouth, to drop two points behind them. Meanwhile, Manchester City also managed to overcome a one goal deficit to win the game 2-1 in extra time against Watford to keep the pressure at the top.

However, they have a busy schedule ahead in the league and in Europe over the next two months. They will playing against Liverpool, Stoke City, Tottenham and Manchester United, before taking on Barcelona over two legs in a round of 16 tie in the Champions League.

"Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now," Wenger said, as quoted by talkSPORT, when asked about the current situation in the treatment room. Cazorla was previously pencilled in for a return in March, but Wenger suggested that the player may return early to help in the Gunners' title push.

Apart from that, Danny Welbeck is expected to be back by the end of January, Alexis Sanchez has a chance to feature against Sunderland in the FA Cup, Tomas Rosicky is likely to be back before the end of January, while Jack Wilshere has had a setback which will push his return to February. 03/01/16

<h2>Arsene Wenger will welcome Mathieu Flamini back into theArsenal ranks for the Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle on Saturday.</h2><p>The midfielder sat out the recent <a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/">win over Bournemouth</a> with a minor ankle problem but is now fit to return and could replace Calum Chambers alongside Aaron Ramsey for the clash with the struggling Magpies.</p><p>Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) is pencilled in to return in the FA Cup next weekend while Jack Wilshere (leg), Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky (all knee) are missing.</p>

Arsene Wenger will welcome Mathieu Flamini back into theArsenal ranks for the Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle on Saturday.

The midfielder sat out the recent win over Bournemouth with a minor ankle problem but is now fit to return and could replace Calum Chambers alongside Aaron Ramsey for the clash with the struggling Magpies.

Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) is pencilled in to return in the FA Cup next weekend while Jack Wilshere (leg), Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky (all knee) are missing... 01/01/16

According to Arsene Wenger, Mikel Arteta is on the brink of a return to action after several weeks on the sidelines.

The Arsenal skipper has endured another campaign plagued by injuries, failing to start a game in the Premier League so far this season.

Arteta’s last appearance was over a month ago in the defeat at West Brom but the Spaniard has now resumed training after recovering from a calf problem.

“Arteta is back in training but is too short [of match fitness] to be selected in a competitive game.” Wenger said.

The 33-year-old’s current contract at Arsenal is set to expire in June 2016 with rumours indicating that the club could offer him a coaching role when his career comes to an end. 31/12/15

Mathieu Flamini could make a swift return to action for Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

The Frenchman has been an ever-present in the Gunners’ starting line-up following Francis Coquelin’s knee injury in November.

But after missing the victory over Bournemouth with an ankle problem, Arsene Wenger has revealed that Flamini could be deemed fit to play this weekend.

“He might be alright [to play against Newcastle]. I could have pushed him but he was a little risk so I decided not to take it because it was an inflamed ankle.” Wenger said

In Flamini’s absence, the defensive midfield role was handed to Calum Chambers who was delighted to help the team return to winning ways after the Southampton thrashing.

“Obviously we’ve bounced back but we didn’t get ourselves too down after the result at Southampton,”

he added. “We know we’ve got a good side here and we just wanted to keep our confidence high and go into the game with belief. I thought it was a great team performance and to be back top of the table is brilliant.”

30/12/15

Tomas Rosicky to return to full training in three weeks, confirms Wenger

Arsenal have received a major boost ahead of a busy run of fixtures in January, with Tomas Rosicky expected to be back in full training within the next three weeks. The midfielder has not kicked a single ball over the course of the campaign and would add some much needed strength in depth into the Gunners midfield, which is down to its bare bones.

24/12/15

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal will be without the services of Alexis Sanchez for their upcoming festive fixtures.

The Chile international has not played for the Gunners since late November because of a hamstring complaint.

His presence at yesterday's training session suggested that a return to action was close, but Wenger has revealed that the 27-year-old will not be available for selection until January.

"Alexis Sanchez will not be back until January 10 or so," he told Sky Sports News.

It means that Sanchez, who has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, is likely to miss games against Southampton, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Sunderland.22/12/15

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere will be out until February at the earliest, casting doubt on the midfielder's participation at next summer's European Championships.

The 23-year-old has yet to feature for the Gunners this season after breaking his leg during a training session the day before the Community Shield match in August.

Wilshere had been expected to be back in contention for the festive period but, speaking after Arsenal's 4-0 drubbing at Southampton on Boxing Day, Wenger admitted that he had yet to even return to training.

"He will not be back before February, that's for sure," Wenger told reporters. "Is there a comeback date? I say February but, honestly, I don't know. I let him do his recovery. It's going slowly.

"Once he goes outside to train and once he is back again into sharp, hard work, physically, you count five or six weeks. At the moment, he is not there yet."

Since stepping up to the Arsenal first team in 2008, Wilshere has been sidelined with injury or illness 25 times. 28/12/15