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Arsenal 'not complaining' about fixture pile-up

Freddie Ljungberg insists Arsenal have no complaints about being forced to play three crucial matches in less than a week.

The Gunners played Villarreal on Wednesday, face Tottenham tomorrow and then travel to Spain for the Champions League semi-final return leg on Tuesday.

Tomorrow's clash with their north London rivals also has Champions League overtones because whoever wins will gain a huge advantage in the race to finish fourth and qualify for Europe's elite club competition.

Ljungberg said: 'Maybe not having a derby would have been easier but that's the way it is and we are not complaining about the fixtures, we are just getting on with it.

'You can always see the positive and negatives and so long as we don't get any injuries we will be happy.

'It was important for us getting a result against Villarreal though so we are going in on the up and feeling happy with our form.'

Arsenal could move to within a point of fourth-placed Spurs if they win at Highbury, and still have a game in hand.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has not decided whether he will field a weakened team against Spurs to keep his players fresh for Villarreal.

Wenger said: 'We want to beat Tottenham and find the best way to make it to the Final. I need to think about the best way to achieve that.'

Sol Campbell will not have recovered from his broken nose in time to face his old club but he could be in contention for a place on the bench on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ashley Cole will be out of action for a further two weeks despite making a midweek comeback for Arsenal's reserves following an ankle complaint but Gael Clichy has almost recovered.

Wenger said: 'Gael Clichy looks ready but I don't know how much he is free pain-wise in his foot.

'Ashley looks completely free pain-wise but looks to be behind Gael fitness-wise. Let's give him two more weeks before he is completely ready to play.'