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Double injury boost for Arsenal


Arsenal could welcome back Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner from injury, but Cesc Fabregas will miss Saturday's visit of Birmingham City to the Emirates Stadium.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Denmark striker Bendtner is now fully recovered from groin problems and could make his first appearance of the season.

Walcott is also pushing for a place for the first time since damaging ankle ligaments during England's Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Switzerland last month.

England left-back Kieran Gibbs is also available following a calf knock.

However, skipper Fabregas is unlikely to be risked despite making progress in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

"We have some good news because for a while we have had only bad news," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"Nicklas Bendtner is back in the squad and Kieran Gibbs is back too.

"He (Bendtner) was really, really handicapped by groin problems, but they have gone now.

"Theo might be involved on Saturday as well. He has normal training tomorrow. I might put him in the squad.

"I will see how he is, but he looks very, very sharp. The only uncertainty is his ankle, but he might be involved.

"Cesc is very, very short and unlikely to be involved. He has a little chance for Tuesday (against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League)."

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), defensive duo Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Bacary Sagna (thigh) plus striker Robin van Persie (ankle) all remain sidelined.

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