By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger expects Wojciech Szczesny to be sidelined for six weeks with the finger injury he suffered against Barcelona.
The Polish goalkeeper lasted just 18 minutes of Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat in the Nou Camp and was replaced by Manuel Almunia, who is set to reclaim the No 1 spot for the forseeable future.
With Lukasz Fabianski ruled out for the rest of the season, Wenger would like to turn to Vito Mannone, who has been on loan at Hull City since October.
In an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online, the manager explained why he cannot.
"We need now an experienced goalkeeper as cover for Almunia because Mannone is out for six weeks so we cannot call on him," said Wenger.
"Mannone is here at the training ground having treatment but he cannot play for the next six weeks. We can call him back [from Hull City] but he is not available.
"We have Wojciech out, in my opinion for six weeks. We have Fabianski out for the rest of the season. We need absolutely some cover in goal."
Subscribers can now see the full interview with the boss 'on demand' on Arsenal TV Online. Wenger discussed:
- Tuesday's Champions League exit
- Robin van Persie's sending off
- the goalkeeping situation
- the need for a positive response
- whether United will be thinking about Marseille
- this season's Premier League meeting
- United's good record at Old Trafford
Subscribers can now watch this interview 'on demand'.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Mar 2011