Saturday, December 12, 2009

Preview : Liverpool vs Arsenal

Arsenal will be without Emmanuel Eboue for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday but Arsène Wenger hopes to welcome back Eduardo and Abou Diaby for the Anfield clash.

Eboue is the second confirmed casualty from the 2-0 victory over Stoke last weekend. The Ivorian picked up a hamstring problem while Tomas Rosicky has already been ruled out a few weeks with a groin injury.

Speaking exclusively to TV Online on Thursday afternoon, Arsène Wenger added that William Gallas, Armand Traore, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin all suffered "knocks and bruises" but were expected to recover.

"We have problems with many players," he said. "If you look at the players who started the game Stoke certainly Eboue and Rosicky will miss this game. Everybody else should make it.

"There are little knocks and bruises here and there. Who could come back? Eduardo and Diaby maybe could make the squad. That is the news we have at the moment.

"Gallas, Traore are still doubts but I think they will make it. Fabregas has a back problem and Arshavin has got a bruised foot too but I think they will make it too."

However, Wenger has ruled out Nicklas Bendtner until 2010. The Dane has been sidelined with a groin problem since the Tottenham game on October 31 and had been close a return.

"Let's say the New Year [for him]," said the Frenchman. "It is quite disappointing because he looked quite sharp and he was short from coming back into the squad."

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