Tonight's team news - Reyes to start

Last updated : 10 February 2004 By Chris Parry
Kanu, Aliadiere and Wiltord are still unavailable - The Nigerian is away at the ANC as we know and young Jeremie is injured, however quite what is happening with Wiltord nobody knows (and nobody's saying either).

Since his public declaration of intent as far as leaving the club is concerned, he seems to have been totally frozen out. I'd be prepared to bet that he's perfectly fit physically, but that Arsene feels he's not mentally up to the job.

That leaves young Jose, who will start tonight despite Wenger being reluctant to throw him in at the deep end.

He says:

"Ideally I would've left Reyes a bit more time but I've no real choice. There's a lot of adjusting for him to do, with the language and the different climate here, as well as the game being more physical which is a completely new ingredient for him.

"Hopefully playing in a team that is playing well will speed that adaptation up but I don't think we'll see his real potential until next season."

Tonight's team from: Lehmann, Stack, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cygan, Keown, Cole, Clichy, Vieira, Gilberto, Edu, Parlour, Pires, Reyes, Henry, Bentley.