Injured Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers closing in on Arsenal returns

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Arsenal stars Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are set to give manager Mikel Arteta a major boost as they make progress from serious knee injuries.

Chambers ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the win over Chelsea in December while Martinelli has been out since June after injuring his left knee in training.

Both players were not expected to return before the end of the year but Chambers has been involved in training with the first team in recent weeks.

Martinelli is on his own individual injury programme but is now outside running and could be back in full training by December.

Arsenal face Leicester on Sunday and will be without Rob Holding due to a hamstring injury picked up in last weekend's defeat to Manchester City.

Willian faces a late fitness test ahead of the match as he seeks to recover from a right calf issue.

Dani Ceballos is available to play at the Emirates after recovering from bruising on his left ankle.

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Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has hailed Brendan Rodgers for the job he has done at Leicester ahead of the match.

The two teams met in September in the Carabao Cup with Arsenal winning 2-0 but Arteta expects the Premier League match to be different.

“I think it was different,” Arteta said. “Different players and probably different formations as well, in a different competition.

"But I think we will both look at those and try to get something out of it, but I think it will be a different game.

“They're a really difficult team. I think Brendan and his team have done a great job. They dramatically changed the philosophy and the way of playing since they arrived and I think they had an incredible season last year.

“This season, ups and downs, like almost every team in the Premier League and some incredible results, like when they played against [Manchester] City.

“They can adapt and play different ways and sometimes they are really dominant, sometimes they can defend with a low block but overall they're a really, really good team.”

  • Premier League
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