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Wenger Sweats Over Late Fitness Tests

Arsenal players injured? Surely not!

However unlikely this scenario may sound, it's true, Arsene Wenger is sweating on late fitness tests of three Arsenal players, most notably Cesc Fabregas, ahead of tonight's vital Champions League qualifier at Park Head.

Le Boss confirmed that that Denilson, Sagna and Fabregas will all be looked at today, whilst Abou Diaby is back in the squad, and Theo Walcott is definitely out.

'Theo Walcott is not fit but Abou Diaby is with the squad here,' said Wenger

'From Everton we have Sagna who has a knock, we will make a decision about him tomorrow. We have some uncertainties about Fabregas and Denilson as well but we will make a decision about them tomorrow as well.

'It is more than 50 per cent that Cesc will play, much more. He has a tight hamstring, I took him off at Everton because of that. Denilson has a groin problem.'

'We will play the best possible team tomorrow, the team which I think has the best chance to win the game. It is a very important game for us because we know what is at stake and we know how difficult it is to play here.'

I usually start to panic when I hear the words 'Arsenal' and 'injury' uttered in close proximity of each other, but Wenger doesn't seem to concerned.

That said, Tomas Rosicky was due back last November.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 18 2009

Time: 9:33AM

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it's just as well Wenger is so canny at managing his squad. I don'y think you guys will suffer from a little rotation. It's good for the squad anyway. If Fabregas started on the bench he would be there to play as an"impact player" anyway.
Sindbad
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18/08/2009 10:40:00

I am pretty sure that 2 out of the 3 will play. I don't think Sagna will make it, so step forward.......Emmanuel Eboue.Not a bad RB at all. It's as RM when I start to have problems with him.
CockneyRich1
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18/08/2009 12:33:00

Three weeks ago we were boasting a (virtually) fully fit squad. In that time we have picked up injuries to Rosicky, Fabregas, Djourou, Fabianski, Denilson, Sagna, Walcott and Nasri. That’s a lot of quality to be without and just imagine if we had a similar injury list come the ACN. I hope Arsene knows.
Sir Henry
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18/08/2009 13:53:00

With Fabiansky out we are relying on Mannone as 1st choice backup GK, if Song (who played well vs Everton) is injured - we have no backup, if one of Vermaelen or Gallas gets injured we only have Silvestre (Djourou injured, Senderos about to be sold, Song needed in DM). Take away the gloss from the weekend (we played well, Everton had an off day) and the holes in the squad are glaring. We still need a Gk, CB, DM and 30-goal-a-season striker to really consider ourselves challengers
Englishman-in-NY
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18/08/2009 14:49:00

challengers in all major comps that is
Englishman-in-NY
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18/08/2009 14:58:00

It wouldn't be The Arsenal, if we didn't have injuries worries prior to a big game, now would it! I hope Cesc will be able to play, as he was brilliant on Saturday, and I'm sure he would love to play in such a match as this. Come on Arsenal!!!
hackneyval
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18/08/2009 15:26:00

I'd rather Cesc can rest. The last time he was rushed back we lost him for a few weeks. Tonight is only half the tie, so let the fully fit players play, and the other ones can come in for the next match. I'd rather lose tonight than risk important players for the season.
afri-gooner
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18/08/2009 16:22:00

EiNY, Man Utd need a dominant midfielder, they need at least one winger, their right back could be a major weakness and I think their goalkeeping options are just good.
Tom14
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18/08/2009 16:38:00

And with 4 stikers all capable of chipping in at least 15/20 goals each, with Fabregas hopefully getting back into scoring form as well, I don't think a 30-goal-a-season striker is an imperative - although it would be nice.
ArsenalRob
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18/08/2009 17:27:00

 

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