Arteta is in contention to make the squad for Saturday’s clash at the Emirates.
There is good news for Arsenal fans ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, as vice-captain Mikel Arteta is back in training.
The midfielder has been out of contention for a month since tearing a thigh muscle and is yet to play match for the Gunners in the 2013/14 season.
Yet Arteta is back with the squad sooner than expected and could even make the bench for Stoke’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.
“Arteta could come back. He is a leader, he is important, he will train today and then we will decide tomorrow,” manager Arsene Wenger was quoted by the Mirror.
“We have a lot of games coming up so it’s important that we have some players coming back.”
The 31-year-old has been instrumental for the north London side since signing from Everton for £10m in the summer of 2011.
In the past two seasons Arteta has played 81 matches for Wenger’s men in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and providing nine assists.
Since arriving at the Emirates the Spaniard has been asked to operate in a more defensive role than the midfielder was previously used to, but has adapted well and will be a welcome return.
Arsenal have struggled with injuries of late – particularly in the centre of the park where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are also sidelined – and during Wednesday’s Champions League triumph over Marseille, only had teenager Isaac Hayden as a midfield option on the bench.
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