Gilberto and Aliadiere to miss Liverpool game
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger has confirmed Gilberto and Jeremie Aliadiere will miss the trip to Liverpool on Saturday.
The Brazilian midfielder hurt his hip on international duty while the French striker picked up a foot injury in training. Apart from that, the Arsenal manager had only good news to report as his side return to Premiership action after a fortnight out.
The return of Emmanuel Eboue (ankle) and Gael Clichy (hamstring) means Wenger will have the luxury of fielding arguably his first choice back four â€” Eboue, Gallas, Toure, Clichy â€” for only the third time this season.
â€œGilberto is out and so is Aliadiere for a kick on his foot,â€ he said. â€œI am pleased to have Eboue and Clichy back. It means I am capable to play with this back four. It means there is a lot of experience and a lot of creativity on the flanks. It is good to see them together again.â€
Meanwhile Wenger expanded on the news that Robin van Persie would miss the rest of the season. The Dutch strikerâ€™s absence is not completely concrete but highly likely.
â€œWeâ€™ll see how he comes back,â€ said Wenger. â€œThe earliest he could come back is the end of April/start of May. We are not involved in any competitions apart from the Premiership and they told me that the chance of a recurrence of a fracture on a metatarsal was bigger if the player was out for a shorter time. So if we are not desperate we will not take a gamble.â€