By Richard Clarke

Alex Song could return to the Arsenal squad for the trip to Hull on Saturday

The midfielder faces a late fitness test on the thigh problem that has kept him out since the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

Apart from that, Arsène Wenger will have no-one returning and no-one out from the squad used against Bolton last Saturday.

“We could have Song back available,” he told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. “We have a test on him tomorrow. Apart from that no-one is back.”

That means William Gallas (hamstring), Mikael Silvestre (thigh), Theo Walcott (shoulder), Cesc Fabregas (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon) will all be missing.

Of course, Eduardo is now fit but Wenger stressed he will not be used in the first-team just yet.

“Eduardo has had only 45 minutes in the Reserves until now so he needs to play games,” said the manager. “He will play certainly in the Reserves again next week.”

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the full interview on Friday morning. In it Wenger talks about:
Transfer targets
The Kaka saga
Beating Bolton narrowly on Saturday
Having 77 per cent of possession
Playing Samir Nasri through the centre
Introducing Carlos Vela from the bench
Hull’s drop off in form
Changing their formation
Man United moving into second place

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15 Jan 2009