Santi Cazorla
Cazorla has not played since December after picking up a knee problem against Norwich.Getty Images

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla is in contention to return from injury after missing the last five months with knee and Achilles issues. The Spain international has trained in the last two weeks and could make a cameo appearance during the Gunners' last three Premier League matches, starting this weekend.

The 31-year-old underwent knee surgery in December to correct ligament damage after picking up the blow in the game against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Cazorla was initially expected to be out for three months but during his rehabilitation suffered an Achilles problem that threatened to end his season prematurely.

But in a boost to Arsenal's hopes of securing a Champions League place, Cazorla is set to be available for the twilight of the campaign. Wenger's side face Norwich, Manchester City and Aston Villa in their last three matches.

The visit of Alex Neil's relegation-threatened Canaries will come too soon for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain however, as he continues to recover from a knee injury of his own. The England international picked up the knock in the Champions League defeat to Barcelona in February but, despite having resumed training, is not yet considered fit enough to play again; throwing into doubt his fitness for the European Championships.

"Everyone is training, so that's new for us," Wenger told Arsenal.com. "That's the first time this season. It's Oxlade-Chamberlain's first week in full training now, so I don't think I will select him this weekend. Santi might be in the squad this weekend, I don't know yet. He is available. Everyone is available, but maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain is not competitive yet."

Wenger will be quizzed further regarding both players' fitness in the Arsenal manager's pre-match press conference on Friday 29 April, when his future at The Emirates Stadium is also likely to be raised. The North London club have failed to muster a genuine challenge for a Premier League title, which will be won by either Leicester City or Tottenham Hotspur, sparking concerns over the Frenchman's capacity to lead the club beyond the end of the season.