Photos: Arsenal star makes return from injury as Arsene Wenger watches on

Mikel Arteta played for the Arsenal Under-21s on Tuesday as the midfielder closes in on a return to action for the first team

Mikel Arteta has handed Arsenal a boost after the Spanish midfielder featured for the north London club’s Under-21 side on Tuesday.

Arteta has been out of action since his disappointing appearance during the 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at the end of November, when he came on as a substitute only to score an own goal and suffer a calf injury.

However, the midfielder has now handed Arsene Wenger’s side a timely boost by featuring during Arsenal’s Under-21 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday at the club’s London Colney training ground.

Arteta will be hoping to prove his fitness and earn a recall to the Arsenal side for this weekend’s FA Cup third-round clash against Sunderland at The Emirates.

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