Friday, 25 February 2011

Fabregas to miss final

Arsenal have the chance to snatch their first bit of silverware for six years – but they’re going to have to do it without their talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas was ruled out of the Carling Cup final this Sunday with a hamstring injury he picked up playing in a midweek match against Stoke. The Gunners won the contest 1-nil, and though they closed the gap on league leaders Manchester United to one point, manager Arsene Wenger will be ruing the fact that the team will walk out of the tunnel at Wembley without his most influential player.
The Spanish international’s absence was confirmed by Wenger on Thursday. “It is a very small injury but certainly Cesc will be out for Sunday,” he said. “For how long [after that] I don’t know.” Arsenal fans were given some hope from Fabregas’ Twitter page, where he posted, “I dont know if ill make sunday or no, but all i know is that from this moment to sunday 16′30 i wont sleep if its necessary. Ive waited…”, and “…Too long to captain a final for arsenal and i wont give up till the last second.” It wasn’t to be, though, and Fabregas will be joining teammate Theo Walcott in the stands, as the English international was also ruled out due to a sprained ankle. But before any Arsenal fans start having a panic attack, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Gunners with the news that on-fire striker Robin van Persie would be fit for Sunday, as well as defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Abou Diaby

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