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Tomas Rosicky available for Palace; Ramsey out for six weeks

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Additionally, midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss Sunday's match versus Crystal Palace

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In non-transfer news, there's an actual Arsenal match being played this Sunday, and there's actual news - not rumors - leading up to it that may or may not influence Arsene Wenger these next couple of hours.

As expected, Aaron Ramsey will not only miss the match at the Emirates this weekend, but faces "up to six weeks out" due to a lingering knee injury that only recently flared up during his bid to return to fitness.  Further, Jack Wilshere will miss the match as well, recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the FA Cup victory one week ago versus Coventry.  And, of course, missing for this weekend and beyond is brain-dead bumblesticks Mathieu Flamini, thanks to his hair-brained attempt at winning the ball in Tuesday's draw at Southampton.

However, the bright spot leading into the Palace match is Tomas Rosicky; he's been training with the squad as of late and he's expected to be available for selection.  Given who's all out at the moment, Rosicky's inclusion in the starting lineup isn't the worst thing in the world.  A double-pivot of Rosicky and Mikel Arteta is more complimentary than, say, the ill-fated Arteta-Flamini partnership, and having Rosicky should hopefully free up space for Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla to roam both in front and to the side of Rosicky and Olivier Giroud.

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