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2 - 2 Draw Comes At A Hefty Price

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday April 1 2010
Time: 11:16AM


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.
01/04/2010 11:36:00
I'd rather have Eboue on against Barca next week anyway ....... did I actually just say that?
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.
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
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.
01/04/2010 16:41:00
Oh dear, Cesc out for 6 weeks, done for the season then. ARGH
01/04/2010 16:42:00
goonerlou, is that official? if so nasri has got his wish and should step up
shady gunna
01/04/2010 16:48:00
That hurts.
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.
01/04/2010 17:30:00
6 weeks? That's ok, he'll be back in time for the Champions League Final against Bayern ;)
01/04/2010 17:32:00
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