By Richard Clarke

Jack Wilshere passed a fitness test on Friday morning and will be in the Arsenal squad for the North London derby this weekend.

The midfielder pulled out of England’s friendly with France in midweek due to a slight back injury and, when he spoke to TV Online on Thursday, Arsène Wenger was unsure whether he would be involved against Tottenham.

At his press conference the following day, the manager confirmed the good news.

“Wilshere is OK,” said Wenger. “He had a test this morning.

“We have everybody available apart from Diaby, Vermaelen and Almunia, who is not in the squad but back in normal training. We play so many matches at the moment that we rotate from game to game so it’s good news we have almost everybody available.”

Robin van Persie is yet to start an Arsenal game since injurying his ankle at Blackburn in August. He continued his comeback with Holland in midweek. But Wenger was not prepared to say he’d begin the game this weekend.

“It is quite positive,” said the manager. “He had 45 minutes for Holland.

“He has to get used to challenges again but technically and physically he is much better now.

“I have not picked the team yet but, like Bendtner, he is now very close.

“They are in the same category of fitness. They are reasonably fit but, of course, players of that calibre are also very impatient to start and I have to consider as well the balance of the team plus how well we have done in the last two away games. I still have 24 hours to decide that.”

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19 Nov 2010