Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has two pieces of good news but one injury worry for Southampton

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    The Ukrainian has not featured since starting the 3-1 win over Tottenham on October 1 after picking up a calf injury, while a knee issue kept him out for two games earlier in the season.

    The 25-year-old is closing in on a return to action after suffering a setback on his road to recovery and Arteta stopped short of putting a timeframe on when he will be back.

    “I think he’s quite close, he’s getting better and better, he’s progressing really well,” he added. “He had a setback on the injury that he had at the start of the season, which is a shame. But knowing Alex, he will be back very soon.”

    When asked if he would return to the squad, Arteta stayed tight-lipped: “I can’t tell you. [Is he] in contention? He’s always in contention!”



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