Emmanuel Eboue admits he is desperate to shrug off his injury concerns in order to play in Arsenal's game with Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1.
The Ivorian right-back is currently rated as doubtful for the showdown at Emirates Stadium due to an ankle injury picked up in the 2-2 draw with Portsmouth on 16th December.
Eboue lasted 66 minutes as he attempted a comeback in the FA Cup win over Liverpool before suffering a recurrence of the blow, and his participation against The Red Devils is still in doubt.
However, the Ivory Coast international is anxious to play when Sir Alex Ferguson brings his Premiership leaders to North London for one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season.
"I have been injured since the game against Portsmouth and when I trained I was still feeling it a little bit," Eboue told the club's official website.
"But I am hoping to be back for the game against Manchester United. I really, really want to play in that game."
Eboue is likely to replace Justin Hoyte if passed fit, with his impressive form over the past 12 months even convincing Arsene Wenger to sell two-time Premiership winner Lauren.