By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger believes three of his players can give Arsenal a timely boost when November begins to take its toll.
The Arsenal manager has earmarked this month as a dangerous one for injuries and, indeed, the Frenchman is already without nine members of his first-team squad.
But Wenger is hoping that a trio of stars who have barely featured this season can give Arsenal some impetus as the fixture list gets congested - Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott.
Nasri (broken leg) made only his second start of the campaign against AZ Alkmaar, Rosicky returned as a substitute in the same game after a knee problem and Walcott is set to resume training during the international break following his own knee injury. Wenger believes they can all make a difference.
"I believe there is a period in November when you have a little more injuries than before," he said.
"But we have a special case because we have some players [coming back] who have nearly not played this season.
"If you take players like Rosicky, like Walcott, like Nasri, it is a period where they can come into the team.
"Nasri played against Alkmaar, it was basically his first game, Rosicky has played three games and Walcott has basically not played this year."