By Richard Clarke

Bacary Sagna is back for the trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

The right back has been missing since injuring his thigh at Chelsea on October 3 but is fit for the weekend.

Laurent Koscielny (back) has a minimal chance of being included but Manuel Almunia (elbow) is still definitely out.

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) will not be seen until November. The same is true for Thomas Vermaelen. Wenger admitted concern about the centre back’s on-going Achilles injury but brushed aside suggestions it was a long-term problem.

“For the weekend, we could have Sagna available,” he said. “That is basically it. Sagna will come back, all the others will be out.

“Manuel Almunia is very, very close but he is not yet completely confident on the stretch of his arm. He must be able to go with force into contact and he still has some pain there.

“Koscielny has a 20 per cent chance to be available.

“Vermaelen is ruled out for the weekend. He will still need two or three weeks. His injury is not a long-term concern but at the start we thought it was a question of days and now it is six weeks.

“You can’t say it is not a concern at all. We are a bit concerned but he has had a final treatment that we think could kill it.”

Wenger’s full interview with TV Online will be available on Friday. He talks about:

  • last year’s game at Man City
  • how close he came to signing Yaya Toure
  • Roberto Mancini
  • Wayne Rooney’s desire to leave
  • spreading goals around the side
  • the links between Wilshere and Fabregas
  • beating Shakhtar in midweek
  • qualifying too early for the Champions League Knockout Stages
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21 Oct 2010