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Wenger welcomes timely injury boost

Wenger: Injury boost

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has received a timely injury boost with the return of Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner.

The pair are back in training ahead of a crucial list of Premier League fixtures against Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea.

And with a double header against Porto in the UEFA Champions League fast approaching, both players' imminent return is a massive boost to the Gunners as they prepare for one of the most testing spells of their season.

Second-place Arsenal have been without Nasri for three weeks, whilst Bendtner has been out of action since October.

Boost

"The list of injuries is going down a bit," Wenger told the club's official website.

"We have Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner back in full training, so that is quite good news for us."

Wenger confirmed that defender Bacary Sagna is also fit having recovered from a shoulder problem.

Striker Robin van Persie, midfielder Fran Merida and defenders Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou all remain sidelined.