By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is expecting to welcome back Andrey Arshavin for the trip to Fulham at the weekend.

The Russian has missed the last couple of games with a groin problem but should be available for the Craven Cottage clash.

Manuel Almunia is still out with a chest infection so Vito Mannone or Wojciech Szczesny will take the gloves. Robin van Persie faces a late fitness test but should be OK.

“We have had Arshavin out [since the international break] and we had a problem with Van Persie during the week,” said Wenger. “But Arshavin should be back and Van Persie should be all right too. We have a test tomorrow with him.

“Almunia is still short, still a week away. Normally Mannone [would deputise] but we are 48 hours away from the game.”

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24 Sep 2009