Wenger to rest Gilberto
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Brazilian midfielder will only arrive back in England on Friday having played for his country in a 3-3 draw with Uruguay on Wednesday.
Wenger has decided against risking Gilberto Silva in the St Andrews clash, with the crucial UEFA Champions League tie with Internazionale next week in mind.
With Martin Keown, Lauren, Ray Parlour and Patrick Vieira all missing due to suspension, Wenger admits he has selection problems in defence and midfield.
"Gilberto will come back Friday afternoon and we have had bad experiences with players coming back," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.
"We play on Tuesday night at Inter Milan so I don't think it will be a good situation for Saturday or the midweek game.
"We have no problem in offensive areas but I have a big problem in midfield and at the back because Lauren, Parlour, Vieira, Gilberto, and Keown are not available."