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Makoun fit to face Arsenal - but Clark misses out

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Makoun fit to face Arsenal - but Clark misses out

By Paul Brown

Jean II Makoun is back in the squad for the exciting Arsenal game this weekend - but Ciaran Clark misses out.

Makoun suffered a thigh injury in the run-up to the West Brom game and subsequently missed that derby match and the clash with Wigan too.

But he has overcome the troublesome problem and trained all week with the rest of the lads.

Clark, meanwhile, has been struggling over the past week with a hamstring injury and will not be risked for the Gunners clash.

McAllister, however, is very hopeful the versatile youngster will be fit to face Liverpool on the final day of the season.

He said: "Everyone is good except Ciaran. He's had a bit of a tight hamstring.

"We've done a bit of work this week with him but he's just going to miss this weekend.

"We're very hopeful, however, that he will be right back in the picture for the final home game against Liverpool.

"Jean has trained all week and is with the squad."

Now he is fit, Makoun could go toe-to-toe with good friend Alex Song, who is a powerhouse in the Arsenal midfield.

The pair spent a lot of time together during their early careers and have kept in close contact since leaving Cameroon.

He said: "Song is like my brother because we're so close.

"We grew up together and we speak every day. I was lucky enough to start before he did, but now Alex has caught up his play at a very good level.

"I was brought up in the same region of Cameroon as Alex and I spent the best part of my childhood with him. We speak nearly every day."

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By @AVFCOfficial 13th May 2011
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