Robin van Persie starts tonight's Champions League game against Barcelona.

The Dutch striker was a late call up to the 19-man travelling party that touched down in Spain on Monday ahead of tonight’s last-16 second leg.

Van Persie had been expected to miss the game with the knee injury he picked up in the act of scoring Arsenal’s equaliser in the Carling Cup Final on February 27 but is included in Arsène Wenger's starting XI.

Cesc Fabregas captains the side.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie

Subs: Almunia, Denilson, Squillaci, Arshavin, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner

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8 Mar 2011