Hector Bellerin has provided a fitness update as he recovers from an ankle problem picked up in the 1-1 north London derby draw with Tottenham.
The full-back has been out of action due to the injury which forced him to pull out of international duty with the Spain-Under 21 side.
He has also missed the games against Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Bellerin now says he is recovering well from the injury and is hopeful to be back in action around Christmas time.
“It’s going really good. Better than I expected,” Bellerin told The Mirror.
“It is a hard injury to recover from and a bit painful.
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“But I am going to try to be running from this week and hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch in less than four weeks.”
Arsenal will be hoping Bellerin can return as soon as possible particularly having seen his replacement on Sunday, Mathieu Debuchy last just 15 minutes before limping off due to injury.
Carl Jenkinson was somewhat surprisingly overlooked for Sunday’s game with Gabriel coming on for Debuchy.
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, admitted he feared might the Frenchman might pick up a problem during the game which made his selection of the full-back even more curious.
Jenkinson could now return, although Wenger has admitted he could also play Francis Coquelin at right-back if needed with Southampton the next visitors on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Arsenal then face West Ham, Basel, Stoke City and Everton before a crucial clash with Manchester City on December 18th.
Bellerin’s comments suggest he may well miss the trip to the Etihad Stadium and Wenger will surely be keeping his fingers crossed he is fit to face Pep Guardiola’s side.