By Richard Clarke
William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin have been ruled out for at least three weeks.
The pair both suffered calf strains during the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night. For the Frenchman it was a recurrence of the problem that had sidelined him for the previous eight games, for the Russian it was a fresh problem.
However the result is the same and, with Cesc Fabregas out for six weeks because of a crack in his fibula, Arsène Wenger has all the injury problems he can handle right now.
In addition to the serious casualties, Gael Clichy (back) and Denilson (groin) could miss Saturday's game against Wolves with short-term injuries. The full picture will become clearer tomorrow but, speaking to TV Online on Thursday, the Arsenal manager was fully prepared to fight on.
"At the moment, we are like an army who have come back from a big battle," he said. "We have some bruises but we need to recover and then go to the next battle. Who will be available for the next one? I have to wait 24 hours more.
"William had a recurrence of his calf strain. That is at least three weeks. The next one is Arshavin - calf strain, three weeks.
"Gael Clichy is struggling with a back problem. He might need a breather as well. I don't know yet, we will assess that tomorrow. Denilson has a groin problem, we will assess that too.
"The first three are out, Clichy and Denilson are ‘possibles' to play at the weekend."
Despite mounting problems, Wenger believes he has adequate cover to maintain a challenge in both the Premier League and Champions League.
"We have Silvestre and Campbell available," he said. "Then of course there is Rosicky and Eduardo. Vela is coming back too."
The full interview with Arsène Wenger will be out on Friday morning. In it, the manager talks about:
- the result he wants from the Man United v Chelsea game
- keeping focussed for Wolves
- why Arsenal have to be immaculate from now on
- more on the injury problems
- Walcott as an impact player
- Almunia's up and down week
- his attitude towards the business end of the season