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Van Persie starts for Arsenal against Barcelona

- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN (AP) - Robin van Persie is in Arsenal's starting lineup for the second leg of the Gunners' second-round, second-leg game at Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Dutch forward has surprisingly recovered from a knee injury in only nine days after manager Arsene Wenger initially said he would be sidelined for a month.

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas also returns from a hamstring injury to start Tuesday. The Gunners are defending a 2-1 lead.

Van Persie, who scored in the first leg, trained on Monday before traveling to Spain with the rest of the team.

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