By Richard Clarke

Andrey Arshavin has only “a little chance” of returning to the Arsenal squad for the trip to Blackburn on Monday.

The Arsenal midfielder, who has been out with a calf problem since the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg against Barcelona, was hoping to return at Ewood Park on Monday. However now his involvement must be classed as doubtful.

That was Arsène Wenger’s most notable injury news when he spoke to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon. The manager reported “no big injuries” from last week’s draw against Manchester City. Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou have joined in training again but they are unlikely to be used this season.

“From last Sunday we have no big injuries,” said Wenger. “Everybody is available and Robin van Persie recovered quite well from his first complete 90 minutes.

“Arshavin has a little chance to be back in the squad. Denilson, Almunia and, of course, Fabregas, Gallas and Vermaelen are all still out.

“Gibbs and Djourou are back in the training squad. So for us it is a good period.  We could start the season again!”

“They could figure if they are needed numbers-wise but otherwise they will not play.”

TV Online will carry the full video interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday. In it he talks about:

  • the desire required at Ewood Park
  • links with Stephen N’Zonzi in the media
  • the need to fully secure third place
  • the importance of closing the gap on Chelsea
  • his real summer targets
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29 Apr 2010