Santi Cazorla sets sights on Arsenal return

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Santi Cazorla has ruled himself out of Arsenal's Champions League group stage clash against Napoli next week, but hopes to make his first-team return for the Premier League trip to West Brom on Sunday 6 October, reports The Independent.

The Spanish midfielder provided an update on the ankle injury that has ruled him out of the Gunners' last four matches, after suffering the knock in training whilst on international duty earlier this month.

Cazorla was absent for last night's Capital One Cup penalty shootout victory at The Hawthorns, and will also miss Saturday's match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's side welcome Napoli to the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday for their second Group F encounter, and then the 28-year-old will hope to make his comeback immediately after the European tie, bringing to an end a six-game lay-off.

"I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom," said Cazorla in an organised question and answer session on Arsenal's official Twitter account.

Having not featured for Wenger's side since their north London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur on September 1, Cazorla's return will be a welcome boost to an Arsenal midfield currently plagued by injuries, with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby all sidelined.

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