Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (pictured) will take a long-term view on World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas and runner-up Robin van Persie rather than thrust the duo into full-blown League action too soon.
Fabregas missed the season-opening 1-1 draw at Liverpool due to illness, despite having played for Spain in Mexico only a few days before, while Holland striker Van Persie came on for the final 15 minutes at Anfield, where a last-minute own goal by Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina handed the Gunners a point.
"To have a good season you need a good preparation so we want to especially build up Cesc and Van Persie well," said Wenger.
"They came back on August 5 and you need three to four weeks preparation if you want to do well in the Premier League."
Wenger is attempting to add experienced France international defender Sebastien Squillaci -- provided a deal can be struck with Sevilla for the £6.5m-rated centre-back -- to his squad as he prepares for the visit of new boys Blackpool tomorrow, with a number of players set to return from injury.
Alex Song, Denilson and Johan Djourou are expected back in the squad, but Emmanuel Frimpong followed Samir Nasri -- out for up to a month after minor knee surgery -- into the Arsenal treatment room after it was confirmed yesterday the 18-year-old could miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.
Wenger, though, is still not about to rush Fabregas and Van Persie into action.
"All are available -- at different levels (of fitness)," the manager said.
"I need to make up my mind who I integrate in the squad, but there is no major problem for anybody really.
"Denilson has not played since April 14 and did not play one minute of a game (in pre-season). He still needs to work.
"All the others are quite available -- at least to be on the bench -- but at the same time we do not want to rush it."