The two central midfielders have been so key for the Gunners throughout 2015 that it was a bitter pill for Wenger to swallow when they both succumbed to long-term injuries within weeks of each other.
Coquelin picked up a medial knee ligament injury in the defeat at West Bromwich Albion whereas Cazorla succumbed to a lateral knee ligament sprain a shortly after at Norwich City.
Both players were initially ruled out for three months but they’ve progressed well since, with Wenger updating reporters on the situation when quizzed on potential new January signings.
“Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum,” he explained.
Arsenal haven’t done too badly without their first-choice central pairing, rising to the top of the Premier League table following Saturday’s 1-0 home win over struggling Newcastle United.
Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey and Calum Chambers have each featured in a central role in the duo’s absence with the latter proving his versatility by stepping out of his natural defensive position.
When Cazorla and Coquelin re-join the group, they will be like a new signing for Arsene Wenger’s men and their return to action could coincide with a critical stage in the Premier League title race.