April 26, 2015 11:05:54 UK
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta remains optimistic about his chances of returning to first-team action before the end of the season.
The former Everton star has not played since November because of an ankle injury but insists he is finally close to full fitness and has not ruled out the possibility of playing for the Gunners in next month’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
Arsene Wenger’s team are 1.33 to win the FA Cup final outright and 2.50 to beat Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The Spanish star played as an over-age player for the Under-21s earlier in the month, but admitted: “I haven’t trained enough with the team yet to come back into the side.
“We need to manage the workload on the ankle. I played for the under-21s against Stoke recently, and I’ve been feeling OK, but I’m not in a position yet where I can feel perfect and just go out there forgetting about my ankle.
“I need to train more with the team, get my confidence and build it up. My aim now is to train with the team for another week or two and then be able to say to the boss ‘OK, I’m ready now if you want to pick me.
“It’s been a frustrating time for me, but I would love to be able to finish the season by lifting a trophy of course.”
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