By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie could return for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan but Denilson's injury will sideline him for "a few weeks".

Both players missed the Champions League win at Standard Liege after picking up knocks during last weekend's defeat at Manchester City. Van Persie's knee problem has almost cleared up but Denilson's back will take longer to heal.

"Robin van Persie is the most likely to come back [for Saturday]," explained Arsène Wenger in an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online. "Denilson looks to be out for a few weeks with a back problem."

Manuel Almunia is still troubled by the chest infection which ruled him out of Wednesday night's game in Belgium, so Vito Mannone will continue in goal against Wigan.

Arsenal are still without Theo Walcott (back), Samir Nasri (leg), Lukasz Fabianski, Johan Djourou (both knee) and Carlos Vela (ankle) but Andrey Arshavin (groin) has an outside chance of making the squad for Saturday.

"There is a 10 per cent chance for Arshavin," confirmed Wenger.

Subscribers can watch the full interview with the manager on Arsenal TV Online from Friday morning. Wenger discusses:

  • the midweek win in Belgium
  • Tomas Rosicky's return to the first-team
  • Vito Mannone's Champions League debut
  • Wigan's new manager, Roberto Martinez
  • early defeats for the 'Big Four'
  • the strength of the Premier League
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17 Sep 2009