Monday, 20 September 2010

Cesc's injury and Wenger waits on FA call

Morning Gooners.

There doesn't seem to be too much good news around today, a bit doom and gloom if I'm honest.

Captain Cesc Fabregas' injury is the main talking point, though, with lots of wild speculation about how long he'll be out for and what games he might miss.

Fabregas tweeted yesterday:
"Shame about the injury. I was feeling very good. Tomorrow I'll know more about it. Have a good day."
He'll undergo a scan today to find out exactly what is wrong with him. Hopefully with him coming off so early in the game on Saturday will be a benefit to us. But this being Arsenal, a bit of luck when it comes to injuries may mean we need to sacrifice something virginal so that the gods smile on us. 

Cesc was never going to play in tomorrow night's Carling Cup game with Tottenham and the fixture on Saturday is West Brom at home. With all due respect to the Baggies, I think we should be able to beat them at home with our second team.

After that it gets a bit more tricky.  Partizan Belgrade away in the Champions League followed by a trip to Stanford Bridge.  After which is another international break.

I think it's time we all crossed everything we can that he's only going to be out for a week at best. We need him to be fit for at least the Chelsea game.

If what the medics find is bad, according to the Daily Mirror, he could be out for a month.

Which leads me into the other story of woe. Arsene Wenger's run in with the fourth official Martin Atkinson at the Sunderland game.

The Football Association are waiting for referee Phil Dowd's report before deciding if action needs to be taken over what will eventually be known as pushgate.

Apparently television pictures clearly show the manager with his hands on the back of Atkinson. If the fourth official did say something to Dowd and he mentioned it in his report, the manager should be in the clear somewhat.

However if it isn't mentioned, the FA will decide if they need to act. With the media campaign to get the manager charged in full swing, I think something is likely to happen. 

As with Fabregas, we'll expect to hear the FA's decision at some point today.

So we'll either have a happy Monday or a painful one.

Not much else going on. Tomorrow sees us take on Tottenham in that fore-mentioned Carling Cup game. Expect to see lots of youngsters with a splattering of players with first team appearances.

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