By Richard Clarke
Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri are set to return for the Premier League opener against West Brom on Saturday.
The duo were among nine players who missed the 2-0 win against Twente in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg tie on Wednesday night.
As it stands, both Toure (hip) and Nasri (knee/thigh) are only pencilled in for the weekend. But the wait will certainly go on for the other injured players.
"Kolo could be back in the squad," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon.
"He is not completely 100 per cent at the moment. He is still recovering a bit from pre-season problems. But hopefully Nasri can be back in the squad."
The remaining roll call of absences reads Philippe Senderos (hamstring), Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Abou Diaby (thigh), Eduardo (leg), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Amaury Bischoff (groin) and Alex Song (Olympics participation). Of those, it appears the Spaniard is closest to a return.
"A reasonable target for Fabregas is the second leg of the Champions League game," said Wenger. "Diaby will take four to six weeks as we have said and we don't know about Senderos yet."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the full interview on Friday morning. In it, Arsène Wenger talks about:
- the result and the performance against Twente this week
- why the Champions League qualifier is not dead
- why there is no such thing as any easy start to the Premier League
- whether the ‘big four' will be the top four
- the sides that could break in
- facing a newly-promoted side on the opening day
- the characteristics of the player he wants to sign