By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Mikael Silvestre can give Arsenal something extra at set-pieces if he makes his debut against Everton on Saturday.

Injury has restricted the French defender to just 90 minutes of Reserve team football since his summer move from Manchester United but he is in line to face the Toffees at Emirates Stadium after William Gallas and Johan Djourou suffered knocks while on international duty.

Arsenal have been caught out at corners on occasions this season, conceding headed goals from set-plays against Fulham, Bolton and Hull City. Wenger expects Silvestre to help solve that problem if he makes his 250th Premier League appearance this weekend.

"He is ready to compete for a place, he is ready to play," said Wenger.

"I believe he can help us to solve that [set-plays] because he is a committed player and good in the air.

"He throws his body in where some other people don't do it. I am convinced he can give us on that front something which is needed in the team."

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17 Oct 2008