By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger may have three midfielders back for the visit of Burnley on Saturday.
Denilson (calf) and Andrey Arshavin (hamstring) are expected to return while Abou Diaby (knee) is rated as ‘50:50'. With Aaron Ramsey's season now over and Alex Song starting a two-game suspension, Wenger could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
However, further back, William Gallas (calf) is still out and Sol Campbell is doubtful with a groin problem. Meanwhile Carlos Vela is unavailable due to the fatigue of international duty.
"We have the luck that Denilson could be available again," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "He did not travel to Stoke last week because he had an injury to his calf.
"Arshavin could be available and there is a little, little chance that Diaby could be available again too. I am convinced that Denilson and Arshavin will be OK but for Diaby it is 50:50.
"Gallas is still out and we have a little problem with Sol Campbell. We will check that tomorrow. Carlos Vela will not be considered for Saturday because he comes back too late from international duty.
"If we have good news from the other players coming back we should still have a strong squad out."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it, the manager talks about:
- the injury to Aaron Ramsey
- his chat with him this week
- having such a terrible injury so young
- the media reaction to the incident
- the run of serious injuries this season
- why the situation is so different to Birmingham in 2008
- the chance of being top after Saturday's game
- playing a string of relegation-threatened sides
- Burnley under Brian Laws