Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta suffered an injury against Anderlecht on 4 November. Reuters

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta "hopes" to be ready to return to action for the Premier League clash against Manchester United on 22 November.

The Spaniard was forced to leave the pitch during the Gunners' 3-3 draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League on 4 November, due to a hamstring injury.

He missed the Premier League 2-1 defeat against Swansea but is expected to take advantage of the international break to recover.

The Spaniard has now confirmed he is working hard to be available for the crucial game against United at the Emirates Stadium.

"I hope to be ready to play after the international game because we have to face Manchester United at home. Let's see if I can be ready for the game," he said during an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

Speaking about Arteta's injury ahead of the Swansea game, Wenger said: "He has a mild hamstring strain and he will be out for a short period because it's a grade one. He should be back after the internationals."

Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed that centre-back Laurent Koscielny will not be available despite hopes the Frenchman was going to return for the United game, having already missed the last four Premier League games as well as the Champions League clashes against Anderlecht.

"He [Koscielny] cannot run. He will not be available for three or four weeks," the manager admitted.