By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger will ring some New Year changes for the derby
with West Ham at Emirates Stadium.
Bacary Sagna is rested and Gilberto is still recovering from sickness. Justin Hoyte is likely to fill-in at right back while Emmanuel Eboue and Theo Walcott are recalled after missing the 4-1 win at Everton.
Robin van Persie (muscular) is still out but Wenger now estimates his return as "optimistically 10 days."
"There will be small changes," the manager told Arsenal TV Online on New Year's Eve. "We try to keep the stability in the side but keep the freshness as well with some players coming in.
"Eboue is back in the squad after being rested. Walcott is back too after he was out with sickness. Gilberto is not available because he has only just come back from sickness himself. Sagna is rested so Justin Hoyte comes in for him.
"As for Robin Van Persie, I think we can optimistically say he is 10 days away from being available again."