By Richard Clarke  

Arsène Wenger has minor doubts over William Gallas and Theo Walcott for the Premier League game with Newcastle on Saturday.

The pair both got on the scoresheet in the 4-0 hammering of Twente at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday but left the ground nursing knee problems. Wenger will assess both players on Friday but is not anticipating the need to leave them out. In fact the manager expects to choose from an unchanged squad this weekend after confirming that the returning Cesc Fabregas came through unscathed against the Dutch side.

Theo Walcott and William Gallas both have problems with their knee,” he told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon. “But we are quite optimistic and we’ll see tomorrow.

“I took off Cesc early last night because it was his first game back.  But it was just precautionary. At Ajax [in pre-season] he stayed on too long and got injured two or three days later. Of course you cannot plan to take a player off before a game of that importance but if you can [rest them] then you will do it.”

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it, he talks about: the win over Twente, Walcott’s Henry-like goal, reacting to the Fulham game, an update on the four injured players, the latest on his search for a midfielder, Newcastle under Kevin Keegan, the class of Michael Owen and transfer links with Shay Given over the summer.

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28 Aug 2008