Arsenal's Champions League qualification hopes have been handed a timely boost with the news that Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal are all expected to make swift returns from respective ankle, groin and knee injuries.

Wilshere has missed the last month with an ankle problem, while Walcott last played during the 2-0 win over Swansea City, with a groin injury having kept him out of England's World Cup qualifying double-header.

And Monreal, who collided with the post attempting to prevent Hal Robson-Kanu scoring for Reading on Saturday, is also expected to make a full recovery and could return for Arsenal soon as this weekend against West Bromwich Albion.

Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere
Walcott and Wilshere are set to return for the visit of Norwich.

"We have good news with both of them [Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott]," assistant boss Steve Bould said.

"Jack and Theo are outside running, and have an outside chance of being involved against Norwich a week on Saturday.

"Nacho has recovered well from his knee problem from the impact of the post and has trained the last couple of days so is available for the weekend.

"We just have Ryo and Abou out for the long-term so things are looking good in terms of availability."

With the season reaching the sharp end with eight games remaining of the season, Arsenal will be hoping to keep the heat on Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as the trio go in search of the final Champions League qualification places.

The trip to West Brom provides the latest test of Arsenal's credentials this weekend, with home games against Norwich, where Walcott and Wilshere are expected to return, and Everton to follow.