Key quartet back for Gunners

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will welcome back four key players against Blackburn on Saturday, while Robin van Persie will be assessed on Friday.

Skipper Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby all return after missing the 2-2 draw at West Brom in the Gunners’ last outing almost a fortnight ago.

Wenger is also optimistic that van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey will shake off knocks picked up on international duty, but a final decision on the trio will be made after training on Friday.

"[Fabregas, Song, Walcott and Diaby] will all be available," Wenger told ArsenalTV Online. "I have not decided if they will start the game yet but they will all be available.

"Van Persie has a good chance too. He has a final assessment tomorrow but we believe he will be fit. It is a bruised knee. Nicklas Bendtner is in the same situation. He will have a test tomorrow on his ankle and we’ll see.

"In fact, we have a few players with tests tomorrow – Ramsey with his groin, Bendtner with his ankle, Van Persie with his knee. I will make a decision after training in the morning."

Denilson is the only certain absentee for Rovers’ visit after being ruled out with a toe injury.