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Arsenal star could return for Southampton trip but duo miss out

10:20 31 December 2012

Per Mertesacker. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Per Mertesacker. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker could be available after illness for the New Year’s Day trip to Southampton.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky was left on the bench for Saturday’s 7-3 win over Newcastle, so may also come back into contention to feature at St Mary’s.

Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) are expected to start training again this week.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott, Mannone, Ramsey, Coquelin, Giroud, Gervinho, Djourou, Jenkinson, Arshavin.

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