x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Arsenal welcome back trio for Blackpool game

Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Johan Djourou are back in the Arsenal squad for today's clash with Blackpool.

Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Johan Djourou are back in the Arsenal squad for today's clash with Blackpool. The trio missed last weekend's trip to Liverpool through illness, a calf injury and a hamstring strain respectively but all three could start the first home match of the season for Arsenal, who last night upped their offer for Mark Schwarzer, the Fulham goalkeeper, to £3 million (Dh17.1m). Denilson (groin), Samir Nasri (knee) and Laurent Koscielny (suspension) will not be available while Emmanuel Frimpong (cruciate) is a long-term absentee. Blackpool may give a first start to new signing Dekel Keinan, the Israeli defender who signed from Maccabi Haifa earlier this week. David Moyes has backed goalkeeper Tim Howard to bounce back from last week's costly blunder against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton No 1 was at fault for the only goal as Everton were beaten at Blackburn Rovers. "It wasn't just him. He made a glaring mistake which everyone picks up on but he has been very good for us over the years and I hope he continues to be very good," said Moyes. West Ham United will be without injured midfield pair Thomas Hitzlsperger and Valon Behrami for today's match against Bolton Wanderers. Avram Grant, the Hammers manager, has said that he is "90 per cent certain" that Matthew Upson, the defender who is out of contract at the end of the season, will remain at Upton Park until next summer.West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Somen Tchoyi from Red Bull Salzburg for an undisclosed fee. The Cameroon midfielder has not recieved clearance in time for today's game at home to Sunderland, although fellow new signing, Peter Odemwingie, the forward from Lokamotiv Moscow, is named in the squad. * Agencies