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2 - 2 Draw Comes At A Hefty Price

Yes it is the 1st April .... but this is no joke, the fightback to gain a 2-2 with Barcelona last night may have come at a huge price.

After playing for the first time in 8 games William Gallas went down with a recurrence of his injury and will almost certainly miss the rest of the season, Cesc Fabregas did some serious damage to his knee after bastarding in a penalty against his former club to bring the scores level and could miss the rest of the campaign should the injury be as bad as he feels it is.

And to top it off Andrei Arshavin could also be missing for a few weeks.

Cesc smashed his penalty home so hard he fears he may have broken his leg.

'I took the penalty quite strongly but after, when I went to get the ball, I could not walk anymore, I don't know if I did it then or when I was fouled.'

'It is the fibula. I think I put my leg between Puyol's when I was fouled and kicked it.I fear the worst, which is that I have broken something. But we have to wait. The scans will tell us if it is something or nothing.'

'I do not think it is going to be good news but still I hope there will be.'

I think Fabregas's reasoning for smashing the pen so hard was half to make sure it got past the keeper, and half pure frustration at being cheated out of a chance to play at the Nou Camp after being booked for an artistic tackle that I would describe as 'perfectly timed'.

Cesc's refusal to leave the field (Arsenal having made all their substitutions), whilst commendable and admirable, can't have helped matters any, indeed I believe Wenger should have forced Cesc to come off, especially considering it would have been 10 vs 10 at the time.

That said, should we get through this round, the image of Cesc limping round the pitch still trying to command his troops will become iconic.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 1 2010

Time: 11:16AM

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Incredible that our talisman and best player has been allowed to stay on the pitch 2 games running whilst clearly f*'ked! I love the kid and understand why he wanted to stay on but he someone should have told him to come off. Gallas is routinely injured at the tail end of the season so no shock there, not sure if Arshavin took a knock or if it was a muscular injury? Dont worry though guys we have Rosicky waiting in the wings.
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01/04/2010 11:36:00

I'd rather have Eboue on against Barca next week anyway ....... did I actually just say that?
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01/04/2010 11:40:00

Agree with Iceman. Sometimes the medical team cant make an instant diagnosis of the seriousness of an injury, but in the interest of precaution they should have insisted that Cesc sit out the rest of the game - despite Cesc's own insistence on playing on. There was not much time left at that point and we had our tails up while Barca were a bit shell shocked. Wish AW had insisted that Cesc not take a risk.
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01/04/2010 13:56:00

Nasri is a fine understudy for Cesc (I doubt he has broken his leg) and we have Rosicky to cover for Arshavin and Sol for Gallas. If Cesc’s injury rules him out of the World cup than that’s great news for Arsenal as he will be fresh for the new campaign, not so great for Cesc though but I think next season is going to be a biggy for us and we need him buzzing.
Sir Henry
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01/04/2010 14:12:00

Yes Nasri and Rosicky can replace Cesc and AA (quite interchangeably) but we know Tomas probably can't handle full 90 mins and so the likes of Diaby, Den and Theo have to be really solid in both attack and defence.
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01/04/2010 16:41:00

Oh dear, Cesc out for 6 weeks, done for the season then. ARGH
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01/04/2010 16:42:00

goonerlou, is that official? if so nasri has got his wish and should step up
shady gunna
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01/04/2010 16:48:00

That hurts.
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01/04/2010 17:26:00

Not surprising, tho. Not sure why but I'm not gutted. I would be if both Cesc AND Nasri were out for that long.
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01/04/2010 17:30:00

6 weeks? That's ok, he'll be back in time for the Champions League Final against Bayern ;)
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01/04/2010 17:32:00

If we ever pull this off, I am ready to do the Vital Arsenal initiation ritual. :) Seriously, I know we have the mentality but I dont know if we have the quantity to last the race.
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01/04/2010 17:50:00

lucky old arsenal it was like watching the men v boys last night you got no chance in spain naxt week
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01/04/2010 18:07:00

I'd be *****ed off, only thing is I've seen this happen before with Wenger and our stunningly incompetent medical department. Gambles taken that dont pay off, rushing players back from injury, only for them to be crocked again. Cesc should have been taken off immediately, even if he couldnt play the next leg, at least he could have minimised damage so that he could play the Premiership before the season end.
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01/04/2010 18:09:00

russtheatre, dont know which team you support (probably spuds smelling sour grapes) but chances are your team is not even good enough to get Barca to come to your stadium.
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01/04/2010 18:23:00

Gutted because i would have played arshavin as a striker because his link up play is way better than bendtner and also his movement would have occupied the barca centre backs,bendtner in the first half lost pretty much every balls that came his way,with andrey deft touch and good link up play i felt arsenal had someone who could hurt barca in behind and in front as well. A lot of people have talked about starting walcott but i am not really sure because you need to remember barca were tired and having to run against a player who could be a runner at the olympics was never going to be easy to do which won't happen if he starts as they would be ready for him and would make walcott less effective. I would go with rosicky,eboue,nasri and bendtner as attacking 4 and if in need of more attacking threat and pace bring on theo when they are tired and depending on the game especially if barca are in need of a goal play him on alves wing because he is their only real outlet so theo could exploit the space he would leave in behind,alves is even that quick so imagine if he has to chase theo there is no way he would catch him.. The dilemma is who to play at the back and in the centre because diaby had a mare and song to me isn't really a centre back as he isn't commanding enough as i feel with sol at the back he would have never left ibra score at least one of the 2 goals,i would play song as a midfield 2 with denilson as you are going to need a player who sits and another to be ready for the physical battle that both busquets and toure are going to bring denilson can sit and song be the hard man with the passing ability to find nasri and then release the attacking 4. I think you will have a chance as long as you actually play football and don't get caught with who you are playing against like you were for those 20 to 60 minutes,barca are like the 2007 team,very good going forward but very weak defensively but they are harder workers than that team and protect their weakness very well which is why not a lot of teams have been able to expose them. Rubin kazan,sevilla,atletico madrid were able to defeat them by getting into their faces and harassing them and hitting them very quickly on the break but also they tend to play a high line because both puyol and pique are not renowned for their speed and had aguero scored all of the chances he had,then they could have lost by a bigger margin,now they would be missing the players who are the quickest of their centre backs and are bound to play toure at the back with either marquez or milito who are not known for their speed but are hard men who could deal with bendtner a lot better than they would have against arshavin but he is injured but as long as bendtner can find his a good touch and be aware of his team mates movement and runs,you could have a field day with their slow defence but you are going to be more clinical than barca were against your defence to stand a chance because they are bound to create some chances.
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02/04/2010 00:21:00

Cesc out for rest of the season hurts. He has been our best player this season without a doubt. He IS our best player without a doubt. We do have people to fill in his shoes but i don't think any one of us would prefer a team without Cesc. Taking him off wouldn't really have helped. Clearly the fibula was already broken after he took the penalty and 6 weeks is standard so clearly he didn't do anymore damage after that.
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02/04/2010 06:30:00

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02/04/2010 16:16:00

Fabregas' performance was an unofficial job interview for his dream move to Barca. This deal will be completed next summer as a world record breaking transfer. Wenger knows how the real world works and has high hopes for the lad doing his apprentiship at Bolton as his long term replacement. Wenger will also be looking very closely at the French leagues for a young gem who holds promise, and has probably already agreed in principle to take one of Barca's more gifted prodigies to play at Arsenal.
Tony Rocky Horror
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02/04/2010 19:11:00

Ok then?
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02/04/2010 22:15:00

Yeah like Fabregas needs an interview, unofficial or otherwise, for a job with Barca!! Some people live in a world all of their own.
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02/04/2010 22:42:00

Wrong again Amos!! If you take the time to consider the evidence, you'll note that Barca already have two of Fabregas' compatriots playing in the playmaker position, the best in the world indeed in Xavi and Iniesta. Fabregas, brilliant player though he is, is still the only the heir apparent to those two. The Barca heirarchy were watching him like a hawk the other night to see how he matched up against Buskets and Xavi; of course they did!!I'm not suggesting they didn't know he was a remarkable player. But it's human nature to make comparisons, especially if you're preparing a record breaking deal!! So get back in your box if you can't contribute meaningfully. And do try to resist the temptation to be so churlish: it's unspeakably dull.
Tony Rocky Horror
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02/04/2010 23:55:00

A little tetchy there Tony! Someone tugged your chain did they? You're dreaming if you think Fabregas' performance was in any way an audition for Barcelona. They know all about him. They will have watched play with and alongside Xavi in the national team and in training with the national team. The Cesc to Barca story has been running for a long time. Every knows he'll play there at some time. He has denied several times that it'll be any time soon but whatever happens the decision wasn't helped, hindered or qualified by anything that went on this week. Talk about being unspeakably dull - even the tabloids can concoct better rationale than that.
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03/04/2010 01:05:00

TRH, if the 'record breaking transfer' that you speak of does not happen next summer, do you promise to bother some other set of fans!? We cant take the horror anymore.
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03/04/2010 13:07:00

I won't be bothering you that much anyway, so don't worry. I'm quite sick at the moment and can't work which excacerbates the problem. I'm a cheeky so and so who's actually up for a laugh and i don't take it all too seriously. We all love football, after all...but still.
Tony Rocky Horror
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03/04/2010 14:52:00

enjoy the match against Wolves.
Tony Rocky Horror
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03/04/2010 14:59:00


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