By Chris Harris

The irony of Arsenal’s injury list is not lost on Arsène Wenger.

The Frenchman has waited five months for a chance to pick Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor in the same team and he will finally get his wish when Arsenal face Manchester City on Saturday.

However, Wenger’s joy at the injured trio’s recovery has been tempered by the news that Eduardo, Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby were all injured on international duty.

Having dealt with one batch of injured players, Arsenal’s medical staff are now dealing with another. But Wenger is not overly concerned. On Thursday he told Arsenal TV Online that April was “the month of the squad”. The manager echoed those sentiments at his pre-match press conference.

“You can get some back and you lose some, you know. The balance is the same,” said Wenger.

“At the moment the good news which is coming from the players that are injured is that is doesn’t look to be long-term injuries. 

“It looks more like short-term injuries because I know we will need the whole squad in the next 25 days.”

Saturday’s Premier League game will be Adebayor’s first since he was stretchered off with a hamstring problem at Tottenham on February 8. Wenger expects the Togo striker to make a difference at both ends of the pitch. 

“Ade has done well, I believe,” he said.

“He is another weapon defensively but I don’t believe the team depends on one player at the moment. I believe they have all grown in that period and have become very important.”

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3 Apr 2009