By Richard Clarke
Cesc Fabregas is highly likely to miss the trip to Hull on Saturday while Bacary Sagna and Sol Campbell are considered to be "doubts".
The Arsenal captain sat out the midweek win over Porto due to a hamstring injury and afterwards Arsène Wenger classed him as "50:50" for the game at the KC Stadium. When the manager spoke to TV Online on Thursday morning, his odds had got slightly worse.
"It is a little bit more than 50 against now," said Wenger. "That means he will be very short for Saturday. We will assess him today. He is starting to run now but we think it would a gamble to play him on Saturday.
"Apart from him, we have an uncertainty with Sagna on his ankle. We also have a problem with Sol Campbell and how he will recover. He finished the Porto game with cramp. They are ‘doubts' not ‘big doubts'. But we have to refresh the squad a little so we will see."
Ahead of the Porto game, Wenger admitted the calf injury that had kept William Gallas out for the past month was "back to the starting point". On Thursday, the manager did not know how long the Frenchman would be absent but he was starting the job of finding out.
"I don't know [about William]," he said. "Wednesday was a day of rest and recovery for the players so we have to deeply examine everything to see where we go."