Saturday, 18 October 2008

Arsenal Boss Wenger: We Cannot Afford To Lose Another Game

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he thinks the Gunners cannot afford to lose another match in the Premier League if they are to reclaim the title, but is convinced his North London side has enough strength in depth to cope with the sustained demand in the Premiership. Despite, a growing injury-list at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates on Saturday without captain William Gallas (hamstring) and Bacary Sagna (knee), who both picked up injuries playing for France, while Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) will also miss the visit of the Toffees. Wenger will give a late fitness test to Johan Djourou (concussion) and will include Abou Diaby in the squad for the first time this season, but is still a little short on numbers at the Emirates.

Wenger is still without long-term absentees Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and Eduardo (broken leg), but will be pleased that Robin van Persie has overcome a knock and will be available, with the Frenchman hinting at resting England starlet Theo Walcott.

Despite all the injury problems at Arsenal, Wenger is confident that the Gunners can still mount a title challenge, but is fully aware that Arsenal cannot afford to add to their two defeats this season.

Wenger said: “I still think it is manageable to get back to the top and I want to lead this team knowing that there is not a lot of margin of error left - but I still think we can do that.

“If you ask me how many games you think we can lose, I would say zero because I always start a season thinking you cannot lose a game, but we have lost two already and we are in a position where we have given ourselves a handicap.

“Theo has come back available, but I might rest him because he played on Wednesday night in Minsk. We have that option.”

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