Five injured Arsenal players scheduled to return before Barcelona first leg

Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

A look at how Arsenal will be boosted by returning players ahead of their Champions League fixtures.

Arsenal drew the team they did not want in Monday's Champions League draw - Barcelona.

The reigning champions knocked the Gunners out of the competition twice under Pep Guardiola's management, and famously beat them in the 2006 final under Frank Rijkaard.

Luis Enrique's current team look as formidable as ever with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack, and set to be bolstered by the addition of Arda Turan in the New Year.

Arsenal are a side presently depleted by injuries, but as it stands they have five players scheduled to return ahead of the first leg at The Emirates on February 23.

Using data from, here are the five players scheduled to be back under consideration...

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez is currently out with a hamstring injury but it will not prevent him facing his former side. He could even be back for Arsenal's next match on Monday against Manchester City.

Tomas Rosicky

Experienced midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been sidelined all season and undergone knee surgery. His potential return is slated for January 24, meaning he could yet have a role to play.

Jack Wilshere

Wilshere is a contender to start both or either game if fit, and at present the hopes are positive. He is currently expected to return for January 8th, giving him a run of games to re-discover top form ahead of the Champions League clashes.

Danny Welbeck

Another forward option, Danny Welbeck has been out with a knee problem all season. His potential return date is listed as February 6, meaning he is likely to be part of the squad.

Mikel Arteta

There are no long term worries over Mikel Arteta, who has been out with a calf strain. He is due back on Boxing Day.

...So what about Francis Coquelin?

Having Coquelin back would be a key boost for Arsenal. His return date is currently listed as February 26, which means while he could still recover early and make the first leg, the second leg at the Nou Camp is more realistic, which takes place on March 15.

There are no such hopes over Santi Cazorla, who has no current return date set after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.

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