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Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Who would you pick to face Blackburn?

Arsenal's team of international stars have started arriving back at the club's London Colney training ground to prepare for Monday's Premier League match against Blackburn and the good news is that it would appear we have a clean bill of health.

The one major scare caused by the midweek friendlies was when Mathieu Flamini limped off after just a quarter of an hour of France A's game with Congo on Tuesday. But the Flamster has apparently signalled that the knock was just a twinge in his hamstring, rather than anything more serious, and that he should be fit to play.

With everyone else also avoiding injury, Arsene Wenger has almost a full squad to choose from ahead of Monday evening. And complicating his options are the return of Tomas Rosicky, Robin van Persie, Gilberto, Manuel Almunia.

Our African Nations Cup stars, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Alexandre Song remain in that continent this weekend, with Song's Cameroon in Sunday's final, but Kolo and Eboue's Ivory Coast missing out with a shock 4-1 defeat to Egypt last night. The Elephants will play for third place against Ghana tomorrow.

That means Wenger will likely stick with a similar set-up to the last couple of league games...

I'd expect Manuel Almunia to reclaim his place in goal, while our defence will probably consist of Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Philippe Senderos and Gael Clichy.

If Rosicky is fit, I'd hope he would start alongside Alexander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Flamini, but Le Gaffer may well want to keep the faith with Abou Diaby to give the injury prone Tomas extra time to recover.

Up front I'd be tempted to let Emmanuel Adebayor and Eduardo further build on their partnership and maybe introduce RvP later in the game to let him gain some match fitness ahead of the visit to Old Trafford the following Saturday.

Be sure to share your selection for the Arsenal starting 11 here, but my team at kick-off on Monday night would be as follows:

Almunia
Sagna Gallas Senderos Clichy
Hleb Fabregas Flamini Rosicky
Adebayor Eduardo

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Posted by Gordon Masson on February 8, 2008 2:20 PM in News| Players
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Armend Idrizi 4:0
Lehman
Sagna Galas Senderos Clichy
Hleb Fabregas Flamini Diaby
Eduardo Adebayor

Posted by: mendi | February 8, 2008 6:23 PM

senderos isout if it too due to knee injury

lehman
sagna gallas hoyte clichy
hleb fabregas flamini diaby
ade edurado

Posted by: pete | February 9, 2008 5:40 AM

Almunia
Sagna - Gallas- Senderos - Clichy
Hleb-Fabregas-Flamini-Walcott
Eduardo/Adebayor

Subs : Lehmann, Hoyte, RVP, Diaby, Gilberto

Posted by: Rahul | February 11, 2008 11:21 AM

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