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Three injury-plagued Arsenal stars set to play crucial part in season run-in

As the final international break of the season nears the end, teams can now turn their attentions to an-end-of-season push domestically and one team that should benefit from the two-week lay-off is Arsenal.

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In early March it was reported in the Daily Mirror that the Gunners are set to welcome back the injured trio of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Jack Wilshere at a crucial time in the season.

A top-two finish is a possibility and they remain on course to retain the FA Cup, with Championship side Reading standing in their way of another Wembley appearance in May.

But out of the three returning players, who is most likely to have the biggest impact on the North London side’s campaign? The team are in great form at the moment and none are guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.

3) Mathieu Debuchy

Arsenal Mathieu Debuchy

Appearances: 14

Goals: 1

The former Newcastle United defender was brought in to replace Bacary Sagna who joined Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer, after starting the season well, he suffered a ankle injury in September ruled him out for three months. Then picked up a shoulder injury against Stoke City in January but is closing on a return.

Chances of an impact – unlikely.

With the form of Hector Bellerin and Arsenal’s defence looking particularly settled at the moment, Arsene Wenger can afford to ease Debuchy back into action and therefore he is the least likeliest to make a big impact.

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