Arsenal could welcome back Arteta

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta could be set to return for the weekend encounter with Stoke City, with a decision on the Spaniard's fitness to be made on Saturday ahead of the game a day later.

Arteta sustained a torn quadricep last month, ruling him out of action for six weeks, and it is hoped he will negotiate full training on Friday unscathed, making him available for selection to face the Potters.

"The only player who could come back is Arteta," Wenger told reporters.

"He is back in full training today [and] a decision will be made tomorrow morning."

Arteta has not made a competitive appearance for the Gunners so far this season and, while his absence served as a significant blow to Arsene Wenger, the club have coped impressively well without him.

Arsenal lost their opening game of the season to Aston Villa, but have won each of their last six matches, including a 1-0 triumph in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Injury to Arteta has allowed Wenger to experiment with other options in midfield and enabled Mathieu Flamini to prove he was a worthwhile acquisition during the summer transfer window.

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