Arsenal's injury worries have eased off a bit with the news that Wojciech Szczesny could recover in time to cover the posts against Liverpool on Sunday.
After Szczesny injured his finger in the Champions League last-16 defeat against Barcelona, Arsenal faced a goalkeeper crisis as Manuel Almunia had a knee injury. It led to a recall for veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, though his return could prove short-lived if Szczesny returns against Liverpool.
Defender Johan Djourou who was expected to miss the rest of the season has also recovered sufficiently to be in consideration for the Liverpool tie along with Alex Song and Denilson.
Bacary Sagna and Almunia could both miss out.
We have no new injuries but we have a big doubt on Sagna,'' Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. Djourou and Wojciech (Szczesny) are question marks. Will they be fit? That all has still to be decided. We have two more days to find out. It could be a possibility that they could be available. It's difficult to say what their chances are. We have a big test to see how they survive the training session. That will be very important. Denilson and Song have a chance to be available as well.''
Even long-standing absentee Thomas Vermaelen has returned to training, and though he is unlikely to to be risked for the Liverpool tie, he could prove to be instrumental in the run-in to the final phase of the season, with Arsenal looking to oust United at the top of the league table.
I am not reluctant (to use him) but he is not match-fit yet. Wenger said of Vermaelen. He has just joined the team this week so we have to be a bit patient with him.