By Richard Clarke
 
Alex Hleb has been passed fit for the trip to West Ham on Saturday but Eduardo has been ruled out.
 
The Belarus midfielder had been trying to shake off a knee problem and was set to be assessed on Friday morning. He was clearly successful.

However Eduardo aggravated a groin problem in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Newcastle in midweek and it has gradually got worse since then. Otherwise the absentees were the expected ones.

 "Jens Lehmann (elbow) is still out, Gallas (groin) is out," said Arsène Wenger. "Eduardo is out and so is Song (calf) while Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) is also missing.
 
"Eduardo has done his groin and I had to take him off before the end of the game. Since then it has got worse than I expected it to be. But Alex Hleb is back in the squad."

Theo Walcott will be rested.

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 Richard Clarke 28 Sep 2007