By Declan Taylor
Arsène Wenger will need to make a late decision on Saturday’s team after his side’s endeavours in Rome.
It's less than 48 hours since the Gunners played 120 minutes of gruelling Champions League football, plus a penalty shoot-out, and the Arsenal manager thinks that is too early for any definitive call on his starting line-up against Blackburn.
One man certainly unavailable is Eduardo after the Croatian picked up a groin injury in the first half of extra time at the Stadio Olimpico. However, the injury is not serious and the striker might be in contention for next Tuesday’s FA Cup Quarter Final against Hull.
“We have a few heavy muscles but we are still less than 48 hours after the game,” said Wenger. “We will wait until tomorrow [Saturday] morning.
“We are exactly the same group but Eduardo is replaced by Andrey Arshavin. I will decide on the team tomorrow.”
“It is not a big frustration [with Eduardo] because I expected that kind of adjustment after nine months out. With such big surgery your body needs to adjust again and find some different ways to recruit your muscles.
“Sometimes it provokes little short-term injuries and I think it should only be a three or four day job for him.”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 13 Mar 2009