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Wilshere returns, Sturridge and Suarez braced for Arsenal

ESPN staff
February 8, 2014

Jack Wilshere makes his return to the starting XI for Arsenal's trip to Liverpool on Saturday, as Arsene Wenger has deemed the midfielder fit enough to play.

Mikel Arteta plays despite limping out of the recent win over Crystal Palace, which is a boost for Wenger with Brendan Rodgers without several key defensive players due to injury. Mathieu Flamini is suspended as he is completing the second game of his four-match ban. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is included alongside Olivier Giroud.

Defensive trio Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique all miss out for the home side while Lucas Leiva continues to recover from a knee injury. Mamadou Sakho has also been ruled out, adding to Rodgers' defensive woe.

Kolo Toure retains his starting place despite making an error which led to West Brom's equaliser in the 1-1 draw last week.

Long-time Arsenal target Luis Suarez starts alongside Daniel Sturridge up front.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Moses, Aspas, Allen, Alberto

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner

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