Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mikel Arteta is in contention for a return from injury for this Sunday's game against Stoke.
The vice-captain, 31, has yet to feature in this campaign after tearing his quadricep during pre-season.
But the news that the 'leader' is back in full training is a welcome one for the Gunners, who have no other mid-week concerns following their 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League.
Welcome return: Mikel Arteta is back in contention after recovering from a torn quadracep
THIS WEEKEND'S ODDS
Arsenal to win 2-0 - 11/2
Olivier Giroud first goalscorer - 3/1
Aaron Ramsey to score anytime - 11/4
Stoke to win - 8/1
'There are no new injuries,' Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.
'Arteta returns to full training today and could be back in the squad. He is one of our leaders and we are happy to have him back.'
The game at the Emirates gives Aaron Ramsey a chance to carry on his goalscoring form, after scoring six goals in all competitions this season.
It is also an opportunity to put some fears behind him against the Potters, after he broke his leg against them at the Britannia Stadium in 2010.
Wenger believes his recent success comes as a result of his recovery being complete.
He said: 'It took him a long time to get completely over the injury. He showed a resistance to go into the fight for a long time. He's added goals to his game now, I always thought he could do that.
'I've noticed in the last three months of last season that he was finally over the injury. I never feared he wouldn't come back. If you have an injury under the age of 20, you always have time to get back to your best.'
In-form: Aaron Ramsey put in another fine performance, including a goal, against Marseille on Wednesday
Painful: Stoke are a tricky side, as Ramsey will know when he broke his leg against them in the 09/10 season
A BOGEY REFEREE?
Arsenal have won just 7% of their games when referee Mike Dean has been in charge of their games since 2009/10.
The run, lasting 15 games, includes just the one win and nine losses.
Arsenal were never really in contention for the title last season, instead fighting for a fourth-place spot with Tottenham for the majority of the campaign.
But after some strong performances up until now, the French boss isn't ruling out Premier League glory on this occasion.
'I believe we have a chance to win the title,' he said. 'I have to make sure we can grab that chance. You have to be cautious because after one bad result you're back in a crisis.'
Deadline day 42.5m signing Mesut Ozil has been the subject of criticism from Florentino Perez recently, with his former Real Madrid president claiming the German 'couldn't handle the pressure of Madrid'.
But Wenger feels the 24-year-old is the complete professional, and will only improve in north London.
'No, I have not seen that at all,' said Wenger when asked if Ozil looked like a player seeking the easy life away from Madrid.
'He is 24, he has over 50 caps for Germany and when you play for Germany, you are under a lot of pressure. He won the championship with Real Madrid, and that is a club where there is a lot of pressure, but I could not detect that.
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'Ozil has integrated well, and been well accepted.
'I think he is not at the top physically yet, overall we are very pleased to have him with us, but he will demand a bit of time to adjust to the vigorous body challenges he will face here in the Premier league.
'Once he has done that, he will be even stronger.'
On the subject of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, a player linked with a move to Arsenal this past summer, Wenger was dismissive of any potential January switch.
He added: 'I think he will stay there now because he wasn't the same. Will he sign a new deal at United? I don't know.'