Mikel Arteta nearing return to fitness

Mikel Arteta celebrates his second penalty against West Brom on December 8, 2012
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Arsenal's Mikel Arteta confirms that he has "nearly" recovered from a calf complaint.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he is close to making a return to action.

The Spaniard has spent the last two weeks on the sidelines with a calf complaint.

However, despite reports that he could also miss the majority of February, the 30-year-old has insisted that he is "nearly there".

"Only out 2 weeks and it seems like 2 months for me!!Desperate to be back on the pitch!! Nearly there," he wrote on Twitter.

Arteta has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals in the process.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the FA Cup third round replay against Swansea on January 16, 2013
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