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Team news for Tuesday night's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp.

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Van Persie: Could face Barcelona

Van Persie: Could face Barcelona

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Arsenal will hand striker Robin van Persie (knee) a fitness test on Tuesday morning.

Captain Cesc Fabregas has recovered from a hamstring problem and should face his old club.

However, midfielder Alex Song (knee) and England winger Theo Walcott (ankle) remain sidelined.

Barcelona will be unable to field either of their first-choice central defenders as captain Carles Puyol has failed to recover from a knee injury while Gerard Pique is suspended.

Sergio Busquets is expected to drop into central defence alongside Eric Abidal.

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Szczesny, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue, Gibbs, Koscielny, Sagna, Squillaci, Fabregas, Arshavin, Wilshere, Rosicky, Nasri, Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh, van Persie.

Barcelona (from): Valdes, Pinto, Mino, Dani Alves, Milito, Maxwell, Abidal, Fontas, Xavi, Iniesta, Mascherano, Keita, Busquets, Adriano, Vazquez, Thiago Alcantara, Villa, Bojan, Messi, Pedro, Jeffren, Afellay.

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Champions League Fixtures

Tuesday, 04 November 2014
17:00
Zenit v Leverkusen  
19:45
Arsenal v Anderlecht  
Basel v Ludogorets  
Benfica v Monaco  
B Dortmund v Galatasaray  
Juventus v Olympiakos  
Malmo FF v A Madrid  
R Madrid v Liverpool  
Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Ajax v Barcelona  
Ath Bilbao v FC Porto  

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