By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas is fit to start on Sunday but Alex Song will not line up alongside him at Blackpool.
The Arsenal captain has been eased back into action after a hamstring problem and was restricted to a 32-minute cameo against Blackburn last weekend, but Arsène Wenger is ready to select Fabregas in his starting line-up at Bloomfield Road.
Aaron Ramsey could also feature after recovering from a groin injury but Wenger could be without three key men for a must-win Premier League fixture.
"Cesc is fit to start," confirmed the manager at his pre-match press conference. "We have some problems with Sagna and with Song, who will be out [with a knee injury], and Walcott as well.
"Song definitely won't play but he should be available for next week. There is a big doubt about Walcott, it's his ankle again. He will have a late fitness test.
"Sagna has a knee problem and has a scan today [Friday]. Everybody else should be available."
Wenger also confirmed that Manuel Almunia will continue in goal at Blackpool with Jens Lehmann providing back-up on the bench.Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source