By Richard Clarke

Mikael Silvestre will have to be the leader of the Arsenal defence this evening at Fenerbahce in only his second game for the Club.

The French defender is enjoying a testing start to his career at Emirates Stadium. He was injured in his first training session and was out for a month. In his debut at the weekend, he lost central defensive partner Kolo Toure at half-time.

And tonight, in the white-hot atmosphere of the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Wenger will be relying on the vastly-experienced 31-year-old to lead a defence beset by injuries.

“I am happy to have him in fairness,” said Wenger. “He is the one who can lead the defence tonight.

“He has played on most of the major pitches in Europe. He is a very professional guy and very calm as well.

“That’s why I am confident he will be the guide of our back four.”

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21 Oct 2008