Arsenal have been boosted by the news that star midfielder Santi Cazorla is nearing full fitness, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Cazorla has been absent from the Gunners line-up since their 1-1 draw against Norwich City back in November, in which the Spain international sustained a knee ligament injury.
This has seen Cazorla miss three months of football, but the former Malaga ace is now eyeing to be fit before the second leg of their Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on March 16.
“I am eager to return,” he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“It is a pain to be on the sidelines and not have the chance to help your team, especially when there is a game like the one against Barcelona that everyone wants to play in.
“[Playing in the second leg against Barcelona] is the goal that I have. The knee is fine.
“I am working better every day. The aim is to set to return [against Barca] but I’m not obsessed myself. I have to go day by day.”
The 31-year-old could even feature for the Gunners’ U-21 side that will play Wolves at the end of February, which would give manager Arsene Wenger a better indication whether he can slot back into the starting line-up.
Arsenal will have a tough task overturning a 2-0 deficit against the current European champions, and could maybe turn their focus on winning the Premier League instead as they currently trail leaders Leicester City by two points.