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Wenger Waits On Fabregas Injury

So today is Monday, a day that has the letter 'a' in it, and with that comes news of an injured Arsenal player.

This weeks rostered injured player is Cesc Fabregas, and the gaffer says the Arsenal captain could be out for up to three weeks .... or a few days, depending on the outcome of a scan.

Speaking with Wenger said "He has a hamstring problem, I think he will be short for Wednesday, certainly.'

"He is not definitely out, he thinks it is not too bad. If it is a little pull he will be out for three weeks, if it is just tightness maybe he can get away for Wednesday. But we will see. In 48 hours we will have a better view."

Next week's injured player will be Manuel Almunia with over-toned hair highlights, followed the week after by Robin van Persie with melting of his chocolate leg.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 24 2009

Time: 11:54AM

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I still say that the traditional Friday base jumping and fencing in training just has to be ditched.
Little Dutch
Lets hope he is at the very least bck for the weekend. I liked the combo of Diaby and Cesc but I think Wenger should g with Song ahead of Denilson. we looked very vulnrable in defense against Pompey
Rest him against Celtic, play him vs Man united hopefully and then we have a 2 week gap for him to be rested which i assume is international duty.
Has anyone else heard the news that Rosicky may be back from injury sooner than expected (i think it featured in one of the tabloid papers over the weekend), that could be a timely return if Cesc is out - although i guess he'll be in and out of the side to avoid another injury!
With Cesc just making the Celtic game last week, I would have rested him against Portsmouth. Surely we could have 'coped' without him. We will definitely pick up another couple of injuries on Wednesday, and we will go to Old Trafford with a patched up side. Again !
Song would have added nothing against Pompey, they did not attack enough for him to make a difference. Denilson comfortably dealt with anything that was presented to him, but we did look a little vulnerable on the flanks, but that would be down to Gibbs and Eboue.
Almunia does have nice hair indeed. Psych
i wish i had almunias hair ! they are shiny
I don't understand the logic of playing Cesc in a game he could afford to be dropped for, KNOWING he was already knocked, with two such important games coming up. We can risk not having him at the Celtic game but we need him against United but now that doesn't look like a possibility.
I wish people would stop whingeing about Wenger's decision to play Cesc on Saturday. I'm sure Wenger knew about Cesc's condition better than us and I trust his judgement in playing him. I'm confident Cesc will be fit for the United game, managers always downplay chances of players being fit for the big matches to keep the oppostion manager guessing.
Why doesn't Wenger play Wilshire for Fabregas in the odd game? He has said that they are two similar players so why not blood the lad in a few more prem games? He's already shown he's more than capable against the likes of Portsmouth. Rosicky? Is anyone still holding their breath on him coming back before christmas?
Wyn Mills
This sort of thing (starting players who are slightly doubtful) must be going on for a while, and Wenger must have done this successfully in the past often enough for him to take the chance to start Cesc. We only know about the failures coz the player is immediately injured. In todays game, the term 'fully fit' can rarey be used in its true sense.
It is always easy to make comments with the benefit of hindsight. Sat's match was the first home game of the season and we're talking about only the second league. Had AW really chose to "rest" Fab, and we didn't get the result we are expected to take, I'm sure AW will be chastised by fans as well and the media would have a field day blasting AW for being "arrogant and disrespectful" of a supposedly weaker opponent, "this is not a carling cup and you should play the best team available cos that's what the fans are paying $$$ for"... it's a no win situation for AW
correction: "...and we're talking about only the second league game. Had..."
@ Trennon - You'd play Diaby over Denilson? Wah wahhhh!! Denilson is in the best form of his life right now, his work rate is fantastic and him and song are connecting fantasticly with Cesc. Denilson - Song - Cesc is working, working very well! and until that ceases to be the case then keep using them. Diaby may have a little bit more foot-skill then Denilson but Den works hard, covers better and doesn't do some of the ridiculous things that Abou does. As for Fabregas i think he will be back for Old Trafford. I really fkn hope so, he's in my dream team! :|
Denilson is playing great right now, but Arsene rates Diaby so highly that I could see Abou slotting into the midfield at Old Trafford with Cesc and Song for his physical presence.
That would annoy me. Denilsons style of play would be a lot more useful in the 4-3-3 if Cesc is playing. Denilson looked quieter against Pompey but i think he did more then Diaby. Besides Abou's goals he was pretty complacent. Seriously would not be in my starting 11... but! Wenger knows best ;)
gk, Wenger rates Diaby in an attacking position, even though he does seem to be caught up in the "new Vieira" bull ****. You are also forgetting how much he rates Denilson.
Temasek, this is not hindsight. Last week several Arsenal bloggers and posters all over the net suggested Cesc be rested against Pompey because he already had a knock. You obviously weren't paying attention to the fact that Cesc had gone into the 1st leg Celtic game slightly injured. Anyway, in today's press conference AW said Cesc would not play v. Celtic and there's a chance he may play v. United. He said the scan was "reassuring." He also surprised me by saying that Rosicky's back in training and that may even be on the bench for the United game.
Re the Diaby discussion -- AW referred to his defensive AND offensive game. Yet, unlike Denilson, Diaby hasn't really stepped up on his defensive game. AW sees him as a box to box midfielder who can do both but I've yet to be convinced Diaby can offer anything defensively, while Denilson has certainly worked on that aspect of his game.
Denilson is certainly more hard working than Diaby. Diaby could have one of his moments and go to sleep when he should be defending. He still hasnt completely convinced me that he can do a box to box job. Denilson is far more reliable.
If Denilson continues t he direciton he's going he may be a sort of Essien type player, just a flat out fkn workhorse. With his skills developing he's only gonna get better. One more thing that makes me rate Denilson over Diaby is that Den plays like he has something to prove, seems to haev the attitude of doing what's best for the team and doing what he has too to win. Diaby seems to think once he's does what he has too the rest is up to other people. After he scored 2 goals the only thing he was interested in was getting a hat-trick.
Jaelle, how did u arrive at the conclusion that i wasn't paying attention? I just chose to rely on official data in this instance, as well as the believe that AW would not have played Fab if he wasn't 100% fit for the portsmouth game

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