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Robin van Persie will return to the Arsenal starting line-up.

The Holland international was named as a substitute for the midweek 0-0 draw against Marseille in the Champions League, although manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will start against the Baggies.

Wenger expects to name the same squad used against Marseille and is without Marouane Chamakh (knee), Kieran Gibbs (stomach), Abou Diaby (hamstring), Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna (both ankle).

West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner has been ruled out of the game with a knee ligament problem which flared up during last weekend's home defeat against Liverpool.

Manager Roy Hodgson will check on the fitness of striker Peter Odemwingie, who suffered a knock to his knee in training this week, before finalising his side.

But Odemwingie's strike partner Shane Long is again unavailable with the knee injury sustained against Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Santos, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Walcott, Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Van Persie, Gervinho, Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Benayoun, Frimpong, Djourou, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Miyaichi.

West Brom (from): Foster, Fulop, Reid, Jones, Jara, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Shorey, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas, Gera, Tchoyi, Odemwingie, Cox, Fortune.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City
So'ton v Stoke
S'land v Arsenal
W Brom v C Palace
17:30
Swansea v Leicester
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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