LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal captain and center back Thomas Vermaelen is again available for Wednesday’s English Premier League clash with Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal Team News
Vermaelen had been sidelined because of an ankle injury, but manager Arsene Wenger says his leading defender will return to the squad.
Also available for the Liverpool visit are midfielder Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla and striker Theo Walcott, who are all expected to be slotted back into the starting line-up after being substitutes in the FA Cup victory at Brighton.
Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “Thomas Vermaelen is back available. And the players who were rested are back in contention, too.”
At the same time, Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) will miss the game because of respective injuries.
“They are a bit short – 100 per cent [they are unavailable] for Wednesday,” Wenger said. “Even for Saturday [they could be short], but there is a little chance they will be available at the weekend.”
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back from the shocking defeat at Oldham in the FA Cup at the weekend.
After blasting his flops following the embarrassing defeat, manager Brendan Rodgers will recall Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and Jose Reina.
A victory for Liverpool over Arsenal would see them going level on points with the Gunners on 37pts after 24 games. The Reds are seven in the English Premier League standings, while Wenger’s side in sixth.
Manchester United, who face Southampton on Wednesday lead the league with 56 points.
Arsenal (squad): Szczesny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Giroud, Mannone, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Diaby, Rosicky.
Liverpool (squad): Reina, Jones, Gulacsi, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Shelvey, Suso, Downing, Borini, Allen.