LONDON (AFP) Arsenal fans are hoping to see captain Cesc Fabregas back in action at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday when surprise package Blackpool are the visitors. The midfielder missed last weeks 1-1 draw at Liverpool because of a throat infection, having been given an extended break by manager Arsene Wenger after helping Spain win the World Cup. Fabregas, who had also been prevented from joining Barcelona, is not match-fit but Arsenal may need him to return ahead of schedule as his replacement in central midfield, France international Samir Nasri, has been ruled out for a month following knee surgery. Wenger has also been busy behind the scenes as he tries to sign an experienced goalkeeper and centre-back before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. France defender Sebastien Squillacci, who plays for Sevilla in Spain, and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, the Australia international, are his current targets but neither is likely to arrive in time for the Blackpool game, with the Seasiders back in the top flight for the first time since 1971. The late equaliser at Anfield was put down as an own goal by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who had been challenged by Marouane Chamakh. Chamakh, the Morocco international, is set for a home debut after completing a free transfer switch from Bordeaux in the summer and Wenger was anticipating a fruitful first season in England for the forward. Chamakh showed with the goal that he is not frightened to put his head and body in, Wenger said. That is exactly what the League is all about and that is what we love here. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny is suspended following his red card against Liverpool so Wenger must decide whether to turn to Johan Djourou, who has only just returned after serious knee problems, or Alex Song, who has been struggling with a calf strain. Blackpool were promoted through the play-off finals last term, an achievement that surprised them as much as anyone. Manager Ian Holloway was unable to bring in many new recruits before the season started and chairman Karl Oyston has just resigned claiming greedy agents had soured his love for the game. But Holloways men, tipped by many as potentially the worst team ever to have played in the Premier League, nevertheless pulled off an astonishing result on the opening day by winning 4-0 at Wigan. Holloway, who previously managed Queens Park Rangers, Leicester and Plymouth in the Championship, did not try to pretend that a trip to Arsenal was anything other than daunting however. Ive watched their reserves and Ive watched some of Arsenals pre-season games and it must be a joy to be one of their players because for me, Arsene Wenger is an absolute genius, he said. Whoever plays in his team knows exactly what their job is, they all look exactly the same and can all outrun everybody, they can all pass the ball. Its just wonderful. I see their structure and how the players understand their jobs and Im very envious and I want to do those type of things here. We are going to go to the Emirates and I just hope we dont get absolutely embarrassed because that could easily happen. Holloway has added Israel defender Dekel Keinan on a free transfer from Maccabi Haifa and a 600,000 pound fee for forward Brett Pitman of League One club Bournemouth has been agreed. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp will have the first test of whether his squad is strong enough for a Champions League campaign when Tottenham travel to Stoke on Saturday. Redknapps side are looking for their first Premier League win of the season, after their stalemate against Manchester City last Saturday, but they are also halfway through a crucial Champions League play-off against Young Boys. Trailing 3-2 following Tuesdays first leg in Switzerland, Spurs need a win in the return on Wednesday to enter the lucrative group stages of Europes top club competition, meaning the trip to the Britannia Stadium may not be Redknapps priority. Ledley Kings participation is a big decision for the Spurs manager as he struggles to play matches in quick succession due to a chronic knee problem, so risks missing out on the Young Boys clash if he plays against Stoke. King acknowledges how important the European game is. After putting all the hard work in last season, to fall at this stage now would be devastating, he said.