Arsène Wenger is waiting on the fitness of Thierry Henry ahead of the North London derby on Saturday.

The Arsenal captain has a problem with his sciatic nerve and tests will be conducted on Friday. Apart from that there were no new injuries in the defeat at Fulham on Wednesday.

"Thierry has to be assessed and we'll make a decision on him tomorrow," said Wenger in an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "It is a problem with his sciatic nerve. Everybody else has come through the game well."

The Frenchman rotated his squad for the fixture at Craven Cottage and pledged further changes for Tottenham's first visit to Emirates Stadium. He remain tight-lipped regarding the players who will go in and out but promised that the crucial Champions League game against Porto would have no influence.

"Not at all," said Wenger. "The Tottenham game is the important game of the week now. It is in front of us. We must give everything to win this game then see what we do afterwards for the Porto match."

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the full interview on Friday morning. In it Wenger talks about:

  • The defeat at Fulham
  • Conceding goals from set-pieces
  • His team selection for the match
  • Reviving the team's spirits
  • The strengths of Spurs
  • Their 'big man, small man' front pair
  • The state of the North London derby


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