Arsenal 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: FA Cup - 5th Rnd at Emirates Stadium

Date: 16/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Dean Att: 60,070

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  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 16:54 GMT

Arsenal will check on the fitness of captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle), midfielder Jack Wilshere (thigh) and defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.

Thomas Vermaelen: Faces late fitness test
Thomas Vermaelen: Faces late fitness test

Full-back Carl Jenkinson is suspended after being sent off in last week's Barclays Premier League win at Sunderland.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho could be back in contention after returning from the African Nations Cup. Left-back Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury.

Blackburn will be without Josh Morris and DJ Campbell.

Midfielder Morris is cup-tied following his involvement in the earlier rounds while on loan at Rotherham and Campbell, borrowed from QPR, also featured for his parent club.

However, boss Michael Appleton could hand Lee Williamson his debut after the midfielder joined the club on a free transfer last week.

David Bentley, who returned to the club on Friday in a loan deal until the end of the season, and Karim Rekik could also feature.

Star striker Jordan Rhodes broke his nose against Ipswich but was fit to feature in the midweek draw with Brighton and is set to continue at the Emirates Stadium.

David Dunn's calf injury leaves him sidelined along with Joshua King, Grant Hanley (both hamstring), Leon Best and Dickson Etuhu (both knee

Arsenal (from):: Szczesny, Monreal, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Coquelin, Ramsey, Diaby, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Mannone, Arteta, Giroud, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Koscielny, Miquel.

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