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.