Arshavin & van Persie start final game + Chamakh could be at the match!

Andrey Arshavin returns to the Arsenal starting line-up for the last game of the season against Fulham.

Russian midfielder Arshavin hasn’t started a game since sustaining a calf injury against Barcelona in April.

French fullback Gael Clichy returns from injury, while an inexperienced bench includes Henri Lansbury who has been on loan at Watford this season.

A point would secure third place and automatic Champions League qualification for the Gunners, with Tottenham lurking behind in fourth.

Incoming striker Marouane Chamakh may be seen at the Emirates today and could be involved in the players’ Lap of Honour at full time.

The 26-year-old told journalist Pierre Menes:

“I’ve got a charity game [today], but I’ll try to get a plane to be at the game for the ceremony [Lap of Honour].”

Chamakh also revealed that he expects the transfer to be made official some time next week.

Arsenal’s Starting XI:

Sagna – Campbell – Silvestre – Clichy
Eboue – Diaby – Nasri
Walcott – van Persie – Arshavin

Subs: Mannone, Djourou, Gibbs, Eastmond, Merida, Lansbury, Vela.


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