Arsenal are set to be handed a big boost in their season ambitions as defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin looks to be ready to make his return to the first team as the Gunners take on Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

The Frenchman has been missed in the heart of midfield by Arsenal as of late, but after fully recovering from a knee injury, he is set to make his long-anticipated return for the Gunners in under-21 appearances, according to the Daily Mail.

Coquelin resumed full training last Friday and boss Arsene Wenger has deemed the tenacious midfielder as fit enough to feature in what could be the perfect match to return in, before their crucial clash against Southampton next Tuesday.

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The France hopeful has been out of action for Arsenal since he picked up a knee injury against West Brom in a 2-1 defeat in late November but is looking all set to come back into Wenger’s plans after coming through training without any ill effects.

Arsenal have lost just three times when Coquelin has been in the side this season and his return will be a big boost for Arsenal’s defensive solidity if he can remain fit for the second half of the season.