To say that Arsenal benefitted from the return of Danny Welbeck last Sunday would be a massive understatement. After a near 10-month layoff, the injured striker emerged from the bench to score the winning, extra-time goal against Leicester City, and effectively galvanised the Gunners’ title hopes.

YouTube: Danny Welbeck Goal Arsenal vs Leicester 2-1 – Great Fan View

Now Arsene Wenger’s squad hope to get another key player back ahead of schedule. According to Football Insider, midfielder Santi Cazorla, is stepping up his training regimen in the hopes that he can be ready for the North London Derby.

Cazorla has been working hard with Arsenal fitness coach Tony Colbert and hopes to transition from running to more high-intensity work. The 31-year-old Spain international has been out of action since November with knee ligament damage.

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But before he can even think of stepping on the pitch at White Hart Lane, Cazorla is rumored to eye a return to action on 29th February in Arsenal’s under-21 match against Wolves.

If all goes well, there’s a chance he could be on the team sheet in what figures to be a North London Derby for the ages. Arsenal and Spurs are currently two points behind Leicester City. But the Gunners find themselves in third place due to their north London rivals’ superior goal difference.

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