By Richard Clarke
Johan Djourou will miss Arsenal’s trip to Leyton Orient on Sunday.
The centre half hurt his back in Wednesday’s stunning comeback over Barcelona and is sidelined for the FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Brisbane Road.
Theo Walcott is expected to recover from a mild hamstring problem while everyone else can be classed as suffering from only “bumps and bruises”. Bacary Sagna is available after suspension but Abou Diaby is still banned.
Arsenal are in the middle of four games in four competitions over 11 days so, as expected, Wenger will make changes. Djourou is the only enforced absentee but Marouane Chamakh will be added to the squad after missing out against Barcelona.
“Djourou has a back problem,” the manager told TV Online on Thursday. “He is the one who certainly will not play on Sunday. We have a little concern about Walcott’s hamstring but it should be alright.
“All the others are smaller things I will assess slowly. Sagna is back from suspension but Abou Diaby is still suspended. Marouane Chamakh will be back in the group.
“There will be some rotation. We will see what I do. We play Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday again. But I have shown in many competitions that I have the same belief in every player.”
TV Online subscribers will see the full interview later. In it, Wenger talks about:
- Jack Wilshere’s performance against Barcelona
- The chance of it being a breakthrough victory
- Comparisons with last season’s game
- Arsenal’s fans on the night
- English results in the Champions League this week
- The Leyton Orient tie
- Fitting in the FA Cup
- Ex-Gunner Ben Chorley, who captains Orient