Minggu, 08 Januari 2012

Preview: Arsenal v Leeds

Thierry Henry will go straight into Arsenal's squad for Monday night's FA Cup third-round tie with Leeds at The Emirates.

Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh is available, but Ivory Coast forward Gervinho has already gone to meet up with his team-mates ahead of the African Nations Cup.

Gunners' captain Robin van Persie will be rested, whilst defender Johan Djourou is suspended after his red card at Fulham.

Kieran Gibbs (groin), Thomas Vermaelen (calf), Bacary Sagna (ankle), Carl Jenkinson (back), Andre Santos (ankle), Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are all out.

Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

Fellow defender Alex Bruce has a hamstring tear, but Tom Lees (concussion) and Darren O'Dea (hip) have returned to training following recent injuries.

On-loan winger Andros Townsend has been given permission to play by parent-club Tottenham, but Robert Snodgrass (appendix) and Jonny Howson (knee) miss out.


Arsenal (from): Almunia, Miquel, Mertesacker, Squillaci, Koscielny, Walcott, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey, Coquelin, Arteta, Henry, Benayoun, Szczesny, Arshavin, Chamakh, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Park.

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