Arsenal goal machine ready for return – confirmed

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that star striker Robin van Persie will be returning this weekend.

"He's all right. He will be in the squad,” Wenger said.

"He had a kick on his knee and he had a test this morning - if there is no reaction overnight he should be okay.”


Van Persie injured his knee during a Euro 2012 qualifier for Holland, limping off the pitch just before half time. There were fears he’d be out for the Arsenal squad for a month, but it now looks like the 27 year old is fit to play.

"I'm an optimist so there is always the hope that it will not be too severe. That was the case, for once we had good news,” The Arsenal manager said.

"We are in the final sprint for the championship so you want all your players available.

"What will decide it will be our performances until the end of the season and therefore you want your key players."

Wenger also confirmed that Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Theo Walcott could all face Blackburn on Saturday, in a must win match for Arsenal as they move to close in on Manchester United’s five point lead in the Barclays Premier League table.

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