By Richard Clarke

Manuel Almunia and Alex Song could return to the Arsenal squad for Saturday's game against Sunderland.

According to Arsène Wenger, the keeper (finger) is "50:50" and the midfielder (knee) "80:20" to feature at Emirates Stadium this weekend. But Abou Diaby will be missing because of a medial knee ligament injury.

William Gallas (calf), Andrey Arshavin (hamstring) and Eduardo (hamstring) are still out. The first two of that trio are also likely to miss the trip to Stoke a week on Saturday.

"We lost Abou Diaby last night [at Porto]," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon. "It is not understandable. I don't know how it worked. But he has a medial knee ligament injury.

"We discovered it today. He came in today and he had pain in his knee.

"However Song could be available, we have a test tomorrow on him.  I don't know about Almunia, we'll have a test tomorrow on him too. I'd say Song is 80 per cent to be back in the squad. Almunia 50:50. But Diaby is zero.

"Arshavin, Gallas and Eduardo will still be out."

TV Online subscribers can see the full interview later. In it, Wenger talks about:

  • that goal at Porto on Wednesday
  • comparisons with Thierry Henry's quick free-kicks
  • the state of the tie
  • Sol Campbell's contribution at Porto
  • the reasons for optimism
  • the dangers after a Champions League tie
  • the defeat at Sunderland earlier in the season
  • their dip in form
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