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Wednesday, 8 March, 2000, 15:28 GMT
Gunners on the defensive
Petit
Petit may have to come into the Gunners defence
Deportivo La Coruna v Arsenal - Thursday March 8, 20:00 GMT
First leg: 1-5

Arsenal have the relatively easy task of progressing to the quarter finals of the Uefa Cup after their emphatic 5-1 first leg win against Spainish Primera leaders Deportivo La Coruna.

The Gunners travel to Spain for the return leg, but have injury problems in defence, with captain Tony Adams and Matthew Upson injured, and Frenchman Gilles Grimandi and Martin Keown suspended.

Manager Arsene Wenger is likely to take the option of switching midfielder Emmanuel Petit to central defence to partner the Ukranian Oleg Luzhny.

Bergkamp grounded

Striker Dennis Bergkamp will not travel to Spain because of his fear of flying and although he could have travelled by car, boss Wenger has insisted that he should stay at home.

"If I asked him he would travel by car to Spain like he has done already this season for our Champions League matches in Barcelona and Florence," said Wenger.

"But this time I have decided it is too far because there are important Premiership matches coming up for him as well."

Deportivo will be without their Brazilian star Djalminha, who received a three-match suspension following his sending off at Highbury last week.

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