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Arsenal injury news: Arteta and Podolski making faster recoveries than expected

The veteran players are giving us some good injury news, for once.

Shaun Botterill

According to a report in the Mirror, there is some good injury news coming for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski could be returning from their long-term injuries much sooner than originally expected.

Arteta suffered a thigh injury before the start of the season and was expected to be out until at least October. But it now appears he could be ready to play as soon as next week, when Arsenal face West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. Podolski suffered a hamstring injury against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier, and was expected to be out until late October or November. He now could be ready as soon as the end of September.

This is really good news coming off the report this afternoon from Arsene Wenger that Santi Cazorla will be missing until early next month. It's even better once you look at Arsenal's upcoming fixture list; it's crowded, as you might expect from a team trying to compete on four fronts. Without reserves that would be a very tough task, but it looks like we may be just a few weeks away from getting reinforcements back.