Wenger: Mkhitaryan might be back next Thursday

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Arsene Wenger hoping to offer Santi Cazorla new Arsenal contract... but has no idea if he will ever play again

"Of course [I'm already thinking about players],' he said ahead of the Gunners" clash with relegation-threatened West Ham on Sunday. At home, we've had quite a good season, it looks a little bit unusual.

'With our numbers and how much people want to renew tickets, I don't believe we have a major problem. I don't know. I have to see how he responds to his injury. "For us it is the biggest priority now". This weekend is preparation for Thursday.

Even though he has not kicked a ball for the Gunners since October 2016, Wenger wants to offer Cazorla a new contract to stay at the club, having been handed a one-year extension last summer. I rested some players after the CSKA Moscow (semi-final second leg) match, and they will need a game. We still have to play them at home.

'It is a long-term contract and I hope he will sign it.

"I think he will come back before the end of the season and then we will check on him". Arsenal now sits sixth in the Premier League table and is likely to finish out of the top 4 for a second year running, the first time since Wenger took charge of the club.

On replacing Wilshere if the England worldwide fails to sign an extension, Wenger added: "If you think like that, there is no limitations.You want the players to stay and be paid well".

"We're very pleased that Arsenal have listened and are genuinely trying to help supporters", AST board member Akhil Vyas told Standard Sport.

The north London outfit host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final in a week's time with the victor of the May 16 final in Lyon gaining automatic entry into the Champions League. Click any of these buttons below!

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