By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League game with a back problem.

The Arsenal full back completed Saturday's North London derby but has not travelled to Braga. Kieran Gibbs is likely to deputise.

Arsène Wenger will also be without Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie for his team's penultimate Group H fixture. Both forwards have been rested and Van Persie will use the opportunity to work towards full fitness at the training ground.

"I left Clichy behind because he has a small back problem and we will take the opportunity to clear that out," explained Wenger before the squad flew out to Portugal on Monday.

"Arshavin [is not in the squad] because I want to give him a rest, he has played every single game recently and played for Russia on Tuesday night.

"And Van Persie [will not travel] so he can improve his fitness because he is back in the squad but is not 100 per cent fit at the moment - I mean his physical condition to fight in a top-level game.

"I think that [working hard on the training ground] is what he needs at the moment. If I take him to Braga and he is not 100 per cent and is on the bench and doesn't come on then it is a waste of time and for three days, so I leave him behind and he will take the opportunity to work."

Manuel Almunia (elbow), Abou Diaby (ankle) and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) are still sidelined by injuries.

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22 Nov 2010