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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Birmingham at Emirates Stadium.

Last Updated: 15/10/10 at 13:26

Jerome: Has an ankle injury

Jerome: Has an ankle injury

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Arsenal welcome back strikers Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Theo Walcott (ankle) from injury, but will still be without captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring).

Centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back) misses out, as does full-back defender Bacary Sagna who suffered a thigh problem while away with France, but England Under-21s full-back Kieran Gibbs returns from his calf injury.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Aaron Ramsey (leg) and Robin van Persie (ankle) are still out.

Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome is doubtful for the game against the Gunners.

Jerome suffered an ankle injury during training and, although it is not serious, it could keep him out of the encounter with Arsene Wenger's side.

Nikola Zigic could make his first league start for City since his £6 million summer move from Valencia if Jerome is unfit while former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has recovered from the ankle knock which kept him out of Belarus' Euro 2012 qualifiers with Luxembourg and Albania but his midfield colleague Craig Gardner is again ruled out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Wigan.

Gunners (from): Fabianski, Eboue, Djourou, Squillaci, Clichy, Nasri, Song, Wilshere, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamakh, Szczesny, Denilson, Diaby, Gibbs, Lansbury, Vela, Walcott, Bendtner.

Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, Hleb, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic, Taylor, Parnaby, Murphy, Jiranek, Michel, Valles, Phillips, Derbyshire, O'Connor.

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