Arsenal quintet OK to train

Arsenal received a boost ahead of Wednesday's Champions League play-off first-leg against Fenerbahce when several of their big hitters were fit enough to play a full part in training.

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Jack Wilshere: Came through Saturday's game unscathed

Jack Wilshere: Came through Saturday's game unscathed

Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs all trained on Tuesday morning prior to the trip to Turkey.

Gibbs suffered a nasty cut over his eye during Saturday's 3-1 loss at home to Aston Villa but he has been patched up and Wilshere, who has struggled with injuries of late, seems to have come through 90 minutes on Saturday unscathed.

Sagna took a horrible-looking fall during Saturday's match, landing on his head, but has escaped a serious neck injury, and Ramsey and Rosicky have also shaken off knocks.

But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the match and he is awaiting another scan on the potentially serious knee injury he suffered on Saturday.

"The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wednesday's match is a vital one for Wenger, who is already under pressure after the season began with the disappointing loss to Villa.

Wenger said: "The pride of any football club is to win on the pitch and all the rest is less important. It is a tricky fixture in Turkey but we want to finish the job."

Fenerbahce v Arsenal is live on Sky Sports 1 on Wednesday from 7pm.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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