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Duo could return for Gunners

Duo could return for Gunners (©PAphotos)
Duo could return for Gunners (©PAphotos).

Arsenal could have both Robin van Persie and Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin available as Arsene Wenger's men look to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on course against Wigan on Saturday.

The duo sat out the Champions League opener away to Standard Liege, where the Gunners fought back from 2-0 down to record a morale-boosting win courtesy of a late goal from man of the moment Eduardo.

However, van Persie looks to have shaken off a knee problem, while Arshavin has a "10% chance" of returning to the team after aggravating a groin problem while away on international duty.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, though, continues to be troubled by a chest infection, so rookie Vito Mannone looks set for only a second Premier League appearance having been beaten twice inside the opening five minutes on Wednesday night.

One player hoping to force his way back into Wenger's plans is defender Philippe Senderos. The Swiss centre-back spent last season on loan at AC Milan and looked to be heading to Everton after they sold Joleon Lescott to Manchester City.

However, a move to Goodison Park never materialised, and with Johan Djourou sidelined because of a serious knee problem, Senderos could soon be back in the Arsenal first-team picture.

"For a while the club and myself decided that maybe it was the best to separate, but then in the end the best thing was for me to stay," the 24-year-old told Arsenal TV Online.

"Playing for Milan was a great experience for me, I have learned a lot and hopefully I can show it when I am on the pitch.

"But I am delighted to be back at Arsenal, it was always my goal to stay at the club and hopefully I can give my best for the team.

"I want to get back into the team and play as many games as possible."

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Topics:
Arsenal
Robin Van Persie
Andrey Arshavin
Football
Manchester City
Johan Djourou
Premier League
Manuel Almunia
Joleon Lescott
Everton
Wigan Athletic
Philippe Senderos
Eduardo
Vito Mannone

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