By Richard Clarke
Abou Diaby will miss the next two games at least because of the ankle injury he collected against Bolton on Saturday.
The Arsenal midfielder was involved for only 11 minutes at Emirates Stadium over the weekend. The Frenchman came on as a substitute just past the hour and hobbled off shortly afterwards following a tackle from Paul Robinson.
The 24-year-old misses the Champions League opener against Braga on Wednesday. Thomas Vermaelen is also sidelined because he has not yet recovered from an Achilles injury.
"Diaby is out with an ankle problem following the tackle from Robinson and I do not know for how long," admitted Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
"He will not play tomorrow and certainly not at the weekend.
"Thomas Vermaelen is out as well with an Achilles problem coming back from Belgium, so we do not have him either.
"We have Walcott, Van Persie, Bendtner and Ramsey already out. Now Vermaelen and Diaby, so that is quite a good team out."