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Fitness boost for Gunners

Fabregas, Van Persie, Clichy, Adebayor and Sagna could all return

Fabregas: Set for return

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a fitness boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at Middlesbrough - a game that can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1.

A weakened Arsenal side lost to Porto in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, with the likes of captain Cesc Fabregas and striker Robin van Persie absent from the encounter with injury.

However, Fabregas (knee), Van Persie (thigh), Gael Clichy (hamstring), Emmanuel Adebayor (rested) and Bacary Sagna (flu) could all return at The Riverside.

Wenger told the club's official website: "Sagna, Clichy, Fabregas, Van Persie and Adebayor have a reasonable chance to come back.

"Perhaps less certain is Sagna but the other four should be alright.

"However, Kolo Toure will still be out and so will Samir Nasri. Plus, of course, the injured players we had before."