By Richard Clarke

Mathieu Flamini could return for the crucial Premiership clash with Chelsea on Sunday and Arsène Wenger remains hopeful about the chances of Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby being involved in the squad. However he was not prepared to be so optimistic about Cesc Fabregas and Alex Hleb.
All five players missed the trips to Newcastle and Middlesbrough this week. Those games saw a previously strident Arsenal pick up only one point.

Arguably they could do with as many of these players to return for a massive weekend in the Premier League season. Some, but not all, are likely to be back.
"The one who has a realistic chance is Flamini," said Wenger after the defeat at Middlesbrough. "One who could be in the squad is Van Persie. Diaby could be in the squad aswell. We don't know about Cesc and Hleb."

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Richard Clarke 10 Dec 2007