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Published: 09:57 | 12/2/16

Cazorla and Wilshere making progress

Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are closing in on a return to the Arsenal first-team, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Cazorla has not played since sustaining a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Norwich on November 29, while Wilshere has yet to feature for the Gunners this season having undergone surgery on September on the leg injury he suffered in pre-season.

Both players have stepped up their rehabilitation in recent weeks and Wenger believes he will be able to call on them in the near future.

"They are back running, they are on a fitness programme now so it means it is not a question of months anymore, it is a question of weeks for them to be back," Wenger told reporters on Friday.

Wenger has been without Danny Welbeck since April 2015 but the England international is back in training and could return ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie against Hull on Saturday week.

"He is doing well, it is a bit early for him maybe but he is now back to full power in training," Wenger said.

When asked if he could feature against Hull, the Frenchman added: "It is a big possibility."

Arsenal will be looking to cut the gap to two points when they host league leaders Leicester on Sunday and Wenger has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.

"The squad looks similar to last week. There’s still 48 hours to go and two training sessions but fortunately it’s the same squad," Wenger said.

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