Chamberlain and Cazorla close to Gunners return

Matt Stead

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla could return to full training next week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been out with a knee injury, last played for the Gunners in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona back in February.

Spanish midfielder Cazorla had knee surgery after he was taken off in Arsenal’s draw at Norwich in November, before suffering a setback in March when he damaged his Achilles.

“Next week [Chamberlain and Cazorla] will be back maybe, they are not back in full training yet. They are still on fitness work,” Wenger told the club’s official website.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky will be part of the under-21 side that plays Swansea today after returning to action last week in a another reserve clash.

“Jack and Tomas are playing today for the under-21s. They have had no reaction from last Friday’s game and they look alright,” Wenger added.

The Frenchman has no new injury concerns ahead of the Gunners clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday.

“From last Saturday’s game against West Ham, we should have everyone available who was in the squad.”