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Arsenal expect Jack Wilshere to be fit for Liverpool clash

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Arsenal could welcome three first-team stars back from injury in time for their important Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday week, reports The Mail.

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are all closing in on a return to full fitness and will train with what remains of the Arsenal squad during the ongoing international break. Should the trio avoid any notable setbacks, they will be in line to play against Liverpool at the Emirates.

Wilshere has been the most notable absentee and has not been seen on the pitch since November's game against Manchester United. The 23-year-old injured ankle ligaments and required surgery.

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Returning stars

He did make a return to the first-team squad last month after Wenger named him on the bench for Arsenal's game against Crystal Palace. However, he required further surgery and has been recovering ever since.

Arteta suffered a serious calf injury just four days after Wilshere's last appearance and Debuchy has been missing since January after dislocating his shoulder against Stoke City.

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While unlikely, there is also a chance that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could recover from a hamstring injury to play in the top four clash. However, the same report says Arsenal have currently pencilled him in for a return in the club's next game against Burnley.

It gives Arsenal a great chance of sealing a top four place in the Premier League. A win would take them nine points clear of Brendan Rodgers' men and would also keep up the chase on Manchester City.

Suspended stars

Liverpool will travel to north London attempting to recover from a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. They will also have to cope without Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, both of whom were handed suspensions for events that took place against the Red Devils.

Rodgers knows he will need a win to keep up a realistic hope of qualifying for the Champions League and must avoid defeat to leave any chance. However, they face an Arsenal side that has won nine of their last ten games, including six consecutive Premier League games.

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Wilshere, Arteta and Debuchy will all struggle to regain their places in the starting XI, but will further strengthen Arsene Wenger's options on the bench. They will be expected to beat Liverpool and essentially seal a top four place in the process.

Will the returning trio be able to make the difference between Liverpool or is Arsenal's current squad good enough to beat them? Give us your views in the comment box below!

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Topics:
Football
Premier League
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal
Mathieu Debuchy
Liverpool
Jack Wilshere

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