By Richard Clarke

Lukasz Fabianski is rated as “50:50” for the trip to West Ham on Saturday.

The Pole has a shoulder problem and faces a fitness test on Friday morning. If he fails to recover then compatriot Wojciech Szczesny should continue to deputise. The 20-year-old has been between the posts for the last two games – both cup ties - however Fabianski was due to return this weekend.

Denilson (thigh) is a doubt but, apart from that, Arsène Wenger can select from an unchanged squad for the game at Upton Park. The manager also announced “quite good news” about Thomas Vermaelen. Tests this week revealed no long-term concern over his Achilles injury. That said, the Belgian’s return is not imminent.

“Fabianski has a chance for Saturday,” the Frenchman told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. “He has a little shoulder inflammation. He will have a test tomorrow, it is 50:50.

“From last night we have uncertainty about Denilson too. He has a little thigh problem but we are still optimistic that he will be available.

“Apart from that we have no one coming back. Sagna is suspended while Diaby, Squillaci and Vermaelen are out.

“With Thomas, the news is quite good. He has no long-term problem but we still need to be patient in the next weeks.”

TV Online subscribers can see the interview later. In it he talks about:

  • what he expects at West Ham
  • the teams at the bottom of the table
  • the pressure on Avram Grant
  • finding time to bring in a centre back
  • the transfer market in general
  • the possibility of players going out
  • Aaron Ramsey’s short-term future
  • getting the sharpness back
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