Cesc Fabregas returns to the Arsenal starting XI for the first time in the Premier League since February 23 for today’s trip to Blackpool.

Manuel Almunia was initially on the team sheet but injured his knee before the game and Jens Lehmann will now start the game.

Arsène Wenger makes four chances from the side that drew with Blackburn last time out, with Emmanuel Eboue and Abou Diaby also coming in.

Bacary Sagna has failed a late fitness test while Alex Song misses out with a knee problem.

Theo Walcott is fit for the bench, where he is joined by Aaron Ramsey.

Team in full: Almunia, Eboue, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Wilshere, Nasri, van Persie, Arshavin

Subs: Lehmann, Rosicky, Walcott, Ramsey, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner.

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10 Apr 2011