By Chris Harris
Abou Diaby is now FIT for Saturday's game against Fulham.
Arsène Wenger ruled the Frenchman out of this weekend's London derby after Diaby was forced off with a calf injury during Tuesday's win over Roma. But the midfielder has made a speedy recovery and keeps his place in the Arsenal squad. He is joined there by Andrey Arshavin, ineligible for the Champions League but free to play in the Premier League.
“Diaby is available, he recovered surprisingly well,” revealed Wenger at his pre-match press conference. “It seems I took him off at the right moment [against Roma].
“There are a few small injuries but everybody who played on Tuesday is available. Arshavin joins in so it’s the same squad as Tuesday but Arshavin comes in for Fran Merida."
Wenger did not spring any more surprises on the injury front so captain Cesc Fabregas (knee), Theo Walcott (shoulder), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon), Mikael Silvestre (calf), Eduardo and Emmanuel Adebayor (both hamstring) remain on the sidelines. Walcott returns to full training on Monday and is still expected to be back first.
"It looks like Eduardo, Walcott and Adebayor will be coming in the next two weeks," confirmed Wenger. "It's a real bonus, the first one will be Walcott."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Feb 2009