By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger had good news and bad news when he discussed his injury list with Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon.
The Arsenal manager will be without William Gallas on Saturday after the French defender failed to shake off the calf injury he suffered during Sunday's win at Chelsea. However, Kolo Toure's own calf problem has eased and he is available to face Wigan.
Johan Djourou (hip) is also fit, giving Wenger plenty of options at the back, while Emmanuel Eboue could also return after five weeks out with a knee injury.
"We certainly lose Gallas for Saturday but we have of course Mikael Silvestre, who will be available," said Wenger. "We have Kolo Toure available again and he is more suited to playing on the right side [of central defence]. We will see until Saturday how well he is.
"Eboue could be back in the group and Diaby [abdominal strain] could be available from next week onwards. Djourou is fine."
Theo Walcott (shoulder) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) are still sidelined but Eduardo's return seems imminent. "As soon as possible he will play now," confirmed Wenger. "He is joining in full training matches but he needs games now."
On Friday morning subscribers can watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal TV Online. In it he discusses:
- the Carling Cup campaign
- why young players need criticism
- a change of mood at the training ground
- hauling in the Premier League leaders
- Arsenal's defensive stability of late
- staying focused against Wigan
- goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
- why he didn't sign Wilson Palacios
- the talent emerging from Central America
- making Emirates Stadium a fortress again
- Don Howe's return to coaching at the age of 73