By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger is confident that his squad players can plug the holes left by a fresh batch of injuries.

William Gallas and Manuel Almunia were both forced off against Villarreal in midweek and Gael Clichy has since been ruled out for two weeks with a back injury.

However, Wenger is not too dismayed by the loss of 60 per cent of his first-choice back five. Speaking at Thursday’s pre-match press conference the manager insisted he has “full confidence” in the men likely to fill the voids.

“I am completely confident,” the Frenchman declared.

“We have Mikael Silvestre and we have Johan Djourou [who can play at centre back]. But we have lost Gael as well for two to three weeks so at the back we are a bit short.

“At the moment yes Kieran Gibbs will play. I will see how well he does – he will play on Saturday. He is a player; I am confident that he will do well.

“And I have full confidence in Lukasz Fabianski. He has shown that when he came on the other night that he can deal with a situation very well.

“I am not worried for them; I’m confident they can cope with that.”

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9 Apr 2009