By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has only Bacary Sagna back from injury for the North London derby on Saturday.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon the Arsenal manager ruled out William Gallas (groin), Philippe Senderos (suspended), Emmanuel Eboue (ankle) and Jens Lehmann (elbow). That means Gilberto is likely to fill-in at centre back if the Brazilian comes back unscathed from his long trips over international week.
"Bacary Sagna is available again," said Wenger. "He still has some pain but he should be OK if needed.
"However we won't have William Gallas available because it is too early for him. He could not play for France and will not be available for us. Of course, Philippe Senderos suspended for one game. Emmanuel Eboue is still out too. He has not recovered from his ankle injury.
"Jens Lehmann pulled out of the second German game. His elbow has blown up, it is bad bruising so we have to be patient with him."
The injuries mean Kolo Toure is the only fit and established central defender in his squad.
"The centre half position?" said Wenger. "Gilberto is available I hope because he has played in that position recently. Then we will see. After that I have Alex Song who has played in this position and Justin Hoyte too."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview on Friday. In it, Arsène Wenger talks about: international week, when we can expect players to return, the pressure on Martin Jol, the importance of North London derbies in a title campaign and his fantastic record against Spurs.Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source