Arsène Wenger will wait on the fitness of Manuel Almunia before deciding his squad for the weekend game with Reading.

The Arsenal keeper injured his wrist a week ago tomorrow and missed the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford the following Sunday. The Spaniard is well on the way back to fitness but he will face an assessment on Friday morning. Apart from that, Wenger has Denilson back after a hamstring problem but will be without Justin Hoyte for a similar reason. Bacary Sagna, Mathieu Flamini (both ankle) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) are all still missing.

"The injury situation is that no-one is available from Sunday apart from Denilson," said Wenger on Thursday. "We have lost Justin Hoyte who had a little bit of a hamstring. But as for the rest no one is back.

"Maybe Manuel Almunia will be available, I don't know. I will make a decision on Friday morning. He got injured in training on the Friday before Manchester. We sent him for a scan and there was an inflammation so he could not play.

"But Flamini is not back, Sagna is not back and Tomas Rosicky is out."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it, the Frenchman talks about:

  • Why he will never get over the defeat at Old Trafford
  • The criticism that has come from it
  • The importance of second place
  • The title race now
  • His aims for the rest of the season
  • The importance of sheer bad luck in recent weeks
  • Responding against Reading.
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17 Apr 2008