By Chris Harris
Robin van Persie has been passed fit to face Wigan Athletic at the weekend.
The Dutch international missed the midweek win at Standard Liege with a knee injury but he will make an immediate return on Saturday.
However, that’s as good as it gets on the injury front for Arsenal.
Andrey Arshavin – given a 10 per cent chance of facing Wigan when Arsène Wenger spoke to Arsenal TV Online yesterday - will not play on Saturday. And Manuel Almunia is not match fit, although he is back in training after a chest infection.
“We have Robin van Persie available compared to the game on Wednesday night,” confirmed Wenger. “He is the only player coming back.
“Arshavin will be available next week. Almunia is back in training but will not play tomorrow.”
Arsenal are still without Theo Walcott (back), Samir Nasri (leg), Lukasz Fabianski, Johan Djourou (both knee) and Carlos Vela (ankle). But they will soon be able to call upon Philippe Senderos, who appeared for the Reserves this week and is now pushing for a first-team place.
“Philippe will not play tomorrow, but he will play on Tuesday night [in the Carling Cup],” said Wenger.
“He is just coming back into competition now. After that, if he does not start the games, we will rotate and he will be involved again.”Copyright 2013 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 18 Sep 2009