By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has no fresh injury concerns for the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg against Ipswich on Tuesday and three players could be back for Huddersfield at the weekend.
Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Johan Djourou have all shaken off the minor ‘kicks’ they received against Wigan on Saturday. So all four will be available as Arsenal try to overturn that 1-0 deficit from the first leg at Portman Road.
In further good news, Abou Diaby (calf), Sebastien Squillaci (hamstring) and, perhaps, Tomas Rosicky (sickness) may all return for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie this weekend.
“From Saturday, everyone is available,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Monday. “Walcott, Nasri, Fabregas and Djourou were small doubts with kicks on ankles and calves etc. But they all had successful tests today. So basically it will be the same squad as Saturday.
“Squillaci should be available for Sunday. Diaby as well. They join in normal training on Thursday.
“Tomas Rosicky is sick. He has a chance to be available for Sunday. He might be little bit short I don’t know. He was in bed for one week so we’ll have to build him up. But he should be back with the squad on Thursday as well.”
TV Online subscribers can see the full interview later on Monday. In it, Wenger talks about:
- rumours linking Arsenal with Jonathan Woodgate
- the tactics Ipswich may employ
- the appointment of Paul Jewell
- the 2006 Carling Cup Semi-Final
- how he has been rotating the side
- the desire for a first trophy since 2005