Wenger to turn to Gallas

22 January 2008 11:32
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will start with William Gallas in the centre of his defence for Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final second leg encounter at White Hart Lane. Wenger will be without four central defenders for the game as Kolo Toure and Alex Song are involved in the Africa Cup of Nations, while Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos are injured. Djourou picked up a groin problem during the drawn first leg at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month, while Senderos took a blow to the nose during Saturday's 3-0 win at Fulham. Wenger is expected to start with a young side once again as he has throughout this season's Carling Cup campaign, with either Justin Hoyte or Gilberto Silva used as a makeshift central defender alongside Gallas. "We lost Philippe Senderos at Fulham and the injuries before that game are the same," Wenger told the club's official website. "I will rotate the squad which means those that didn't play on Saturday will play at Tottenham and after that I will complete it with first-team players. "I will use William Gallas because I have no choice but Fabianski will play, Hoyte will play and the players that didn't play against Fulham will all play. Walcott will feature as well."

Source: ESA