By Richard Clarke

Kieran Gibbs may return to the Arsenal squad for the trip to Everton on Sunday.

The left back has had limited first-team football since September 28. That last game was at Newcastle in the Carling Cup when, on his return from injury, he hurt his knee and had to hobble off.

The 21-year-old faces a fitness test before the team travel to Liverpool but, when he spoke to TV Online the morning after the win at Wolves, Wenger was optimistic on the injury front.

"We should not have any bad news from last night," said the manager. "The squad should be the same.
"We could have Gibbs available to be part of it again too. We'll make the decision at the end of the week. He is back in normal training. It is just whether he is fit or not."

Overall, Wenger expects to make minimal alterations from the side that toughed it out to a 2-0 victory at Molineux in midweek.

"There are always one or two changes," said the Frenchman. "Some players have played a lot and we have some fresh, quality players on the bench.

"Some are not completely match-fit like Van Persie and Bendtner but in midfield there may be one or two changes."

Wenger also revealed the latest on Abou Diaby, who was facing an important fitness examination on his injured ankle.

"He is having a gradual test," said the manager. "He had the first yesterday - that was positive. He has another today so we'll see what comes out of it. At the moment the response is good."

TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview later. In it Wenger talks about:

  • His considered view of that Fabregas challenge at Wolves
  • The credit he gives to McCarthy
  • Fabianski’s comeback
  • Everton’s ability to up their game
  • Coping with Tim Cahill in the air
  • The rollercoaster Premier League season
  • The mentality needed to be champions
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11 Nov 2010