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Walcott a doubt for Spurs visit

ARSENAL forward Theo Walcott faces a fitness test ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with north-London rivals Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.

The 23-year-old pulled out of the England squad for the friendly in Sweden after suffering an injury to his buttock muscles in last week's 3-3 draw against Fulham.

Arsenal will also assess goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who could be back in the side for the first time since September after recovering from an ankle problem, while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another who will be monitored.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: "They all have a chance to be in the squad. Walcott came off against Fulham and will have a test, so will Szczesny."

Wenger, though, revealed there were concerns over whether to throw Bacary Sagna into action following the France full-back's return from a broken leg.

He added: "It is just for general fatigue. Sagna has played three games quickly, but before that he didn't play for six months."

Midfielder Jack Wilshere should come back into the side after suspension, provided he shows no ill effects from the England game, where full-back Carl Jenkinson made his debut.

Wenger will be hoping his jet-setting squad show few signs of wear and tear from this week's international friendlies.


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