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van Persie in Arsenal squad for Barcelona clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called Robin van Persie up for the Champions League squad to face Barcelona on Tuesday. The Dutchman had been expected to miss the last-16 second-leg tie having not played since injuring his knee in the Carling Cup final on 27 February.

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas was "90% likely" to be fit.

The pair had fitness tests on Monday ahead of the Nou Camp meeting in which the Gunners will hope to defend a 2-1 lead.

Speaking ahead of the fitness tests, Wenger said of midfielder Fabregas: "It is 90% he will be fit. His return is vital, he is important [linking] attack and defence."

Jack Wilshere has declared himself fit, despite picking up an ankle knock at the weekend but his midfield partner Alex Song is set to miss out with a knee injury. Wenger also has to do without winger Theo Walcott, who was also injured against Stoke.

Wenger confirmed: "Alex Song is completely out. He had a test on Sunday morning and it was negative. Wilshere will be fit. Everybody else who played on Saturday should be available."

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