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Wenger praises staff for healthy squad

27 December 2012 23:43

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his backroom staff as he continues the festive period with an almost fully fit squad.

The Frenchman's side face Newcastle on Saturday and will have Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky back fit after they both missed out at Wigan, with just Andre Santos and long-term absentees Abou Diaby, Lukasz Fabianski and Ignasi Miquel still sidelined.

The game against Alan Pardew's side comes too soon for Diaby (thigh) and Santos (abdomen), but Wenger said the pair were close to a return to first-team action.

Wenger told the club's website: "We should not have any new injuries from our last game. Giroud and Rosicky should be available again. They were sick at Wigan.

"They should be coming back into training with the squad next week."

Wenger is delighted with his healthy squad, with Fabianski the only player yet to be handed a return date.

"It is unusual, especially at this period of the season. It is down to the continuing good work we are doing behind the scenes at the club," he said.

"We hope that it continues because it is important to go into January with a full squad and we will be losing Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations."

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