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Vermaelen available but Chamakh out as Arsenal prepare for Marseille

Arsenal will have Thomas Vermaelen fit and ready but Marouane Chamakh will miss tomorrow night's Champions League clash with Marseille.

Belgian centre-half Vermaelen came on late in the 5-3 win over Chelsea on Saturday after playing most of the midweek Carling Cup tie against Bolton following an Achilles injury and will be available for the visit of the French outfit along with Carl Jenkinson.

"They will both be available and in the squad tomorrow," said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

"I haven't picked the team yet so I don't know if they are fit enough to start. Are they fit enough to play? Yes, of course."

As for Moroccan striker Chamakh, he will miss with a knee injury.

"Chamakh is injured," added Wenger. "He has a knee problem and is not involved."

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