Ashley Cole will make his first start since October 2 when Arsenal visit Manchester City on Thursday night.

The left back has been troubled by foot and ankle injuries for much of this term. Since the discovery of a stress fracture while on England duty late last year, the 25-year-old has played just 56 minutes against Middlesbrough on January 14 and 25 minutes at the Stadium of Light on Monday. That is set to change.

"Ashley Cole will play tomorrow night," said Arsène Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "Gael Clichy is rested."

Cole is one of a number of established names returning to the Arsenal squad.

"Alex Hleb is back in the group," said Wenger. "Jose Antonio Reyes and Freddie Ljungberg too. Dennis Bergkamp is rested but Gilberto is back in the group."

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is out with a sinus infection.

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3 May 2006