Despite Arsenal's recent sparkling form there has been an unmistakable shadow hanging over the Emirates, with the Gunners increasing injury list threatening to over-shadow their recent achievements.

However, on the back of this weekend's 3-1 victory against Stoke- a result that has propelled them to the summit of the Premier League- Wenger was also able to relax in the knowledge that his injury woes may be shortening in a couple of weeks. 

Although the Stoke match welcomed back the club's vice-captain Mikel Arteta and saw Nicklas Bendnter and Thomas Vermaelen return to the bench, Arsenal fans will arguably be more enthused to hear that Santi Cazorla is likely to return sooner than previously thought, from an ankle injury sustained against Tottenham. 

Cazorla, whose injury has seen him unable to yet link up with the major signing of the summer, Mesut Ozil, was Arsenal's stand-out performer last season but was feared to be out for at least a few more weeks.

However, the Daily Mirror have reported that Cazorla is likely to return in the game against Napoli, meaning that the Spaniard is likely to only miss one more league game against Swansea next weekend.

Yaya Sonogo is also expected to recover in time for Tuesday's League Cup clash against West Brom.  

The news will come as a welcome relief for both Wenger and the squad, a few of whom have publicly confided their fear over the squad numbers, with Olivier Giroud recently saying that although Arsenal have a quality squad, they are lacking in depth. 

With a hectic couple of months fast approaching that include matches against Liverpool and Manchester United as well as Champions League ties, Wenger will be hoping for the rest of his injury-hit squad to follow Cazorla's example and recover in quick time. 

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