Arsenal shock returns boost derby hopes

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Bacary Sanga, Manuel Almunia and Denilson will all be back as the Gunners face cross town rivals Tottenham in their title charge.

"Basically on the injury news it is all going well," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"Sagna should be back in the squad and everybody else is alright. [Almunia and Denilson] will not be in the squad but they are available. Almunia is back in normal training, Denilson as well. It is more a question of decisions, of choice.

Wenger has also hinted at Thomas Vermaelen could be returning to the Arsenal squad after suffering a long term injury, though the defender doesn’t appear to be ready to play against opposition just yet.


"Thomas is still not competitive but he works very hard and we can give him a competitive edge in training because it takes a while,” Wenger said.

“Thomas is a player who works very hard, he wants always to improve and he will get that from training."

And in a surprise return, Alex Song looks to have recovered from a knee injury after starting off the substitutes bench with heavy strapping against Liverpool.

"There was a doubt about his knee but he should be alright to be available.

"He says he is now completely ready. We have now three midfielders - Wilshere played many games, Diaby and Song - so we will rotate a little bit from game to game,” the Arsenal manager said.

With injury recoveries coming at just at the right time for Wenger, Arsenal are set to be in their best form as they take on Tottenham and look to close the title gap with leaders Manchester United.

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