By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger will take a virtually full-strength squad to White Hart Lane for the North London derby.

Bacary Sagna, Manuel Almunia (both knee) and Denilson (toe) have all been passed fit to face Tottenham leaving just Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) on the treatment table.

Wenger will not call upon Thomas Vermaelen for the derby - the Belgian defender is still building up his sharpness after a long-term injury. But overall the manager's main concern is who to leave out on Wednesday night.

"Basically on the injury news it is all going well," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"Sagna should be back in the squad and everybody else is alright. [Almunia and Denilson] will not be in the squad but they are available. Almunia is back in normal training, Denilson as well. It is more a question of decisions, of choice.

"Thomas is still not competitive but he works very hard and we can give him a competitive edge in training because it takes a while. Thomas is a player who works very hard, he wants always to improve and he will get that from training."

Alex Song emerged from the substitutes' bench on Sunday with a large strapping on his leg but even he is in good shape to take on Tottenham.

"There was a doubt about his knee but he should be alright to be available," said Wenger. "He says he is now completely ready. We have now three midfielders - Wilshere played many games, Diaby and Song - so we will rotate a little bit from game to game."

Subscribers can watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal TV Online later today. In it he discusses:

  • how he feels about the Liverpool game now
  • why Arsenal have squandered winning positions
  • why a 'change of gear' is so vital to their game
  • the latest injury news
  • managing Jack Wilshere's appearances
  • the impact of Rafael van der Vaart
  • what you need to win a local derby
  • his message to the Arsenal fans
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19 Apr 2011