“Hopefully we will have him in the squad on Thursday,” said Arteta. “Let’s see how he trains in the next couple of days. He’s really good at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Arteta could spring a January transfer window surprise by recalling exiled loanee Matteo Guendouzi early from his spell at Hertha Berlin.
Guendouzi has impressed in Germany, and Bild has claimed the midfielder is set to return to Arsenal either to challenge for a place in the first team or to be sold.
Hertha have already lined up a replacement for Guendouzi, the statement claims, with Wolfsburg ace Yannick Gerhardt on the club’s shortlist.
Koln are also believed to be interested in the 26-year-old.