The Arsenal squad has been living under a plague of injuries this season and this week has been no exception.
Eduardo is out for the next three weeks with a groin problem, which means his season is basically over.
Silvestre, who I thought performed ok against Man Utd also has a groin injury as does Van Persie. Gael Clichy is still ruled out with a back problem too.
Central defence is now down to the bare bones – Toure and Djourou will have to start in central defence against Portsmouth, with Alex Song the next choice.
In midifled we are ok, but Wenger will rest some players ahead of the Man Utd game on Wednesday.
Fourth place is almost ours, and the Champions League is the biggest competition for us by far this season.
It is a huge challenge to go into this second leg 1-0 down. The strikeforce is also looking thin, although Arshavin can obviously play in the league.
Diaby can play against Portsmouth, but he shouldn’t play on Wednesday – he doesn’t contribute a great deal to the team, and until his attitude changes he will always be a liability in my eyes.
Expect changes this weekend, but I hope we have the quality to see off the Portsmouth team this weekend.