Friday, 25 February 2011

Cesc KO - Vermaelen injury update - Szczesny wants the lot

Morning Gooners,

Slightly late start for me today, so apologises for the later blog than usual.

As we know, last night the club announced that Cesc Fabregas wouldn't be fit to take part in the Carling Cup final on Sunday. The captain is desperate to play and has told the manager he feels he is fit enough to lead the team on to the field.

Arsene Wenger said:
"It is a very small injury but certainly Cesc will be out for Sunday. For how long [beyond that] I don't know but for Sunday he will be short. 
"He is [disappointed]. We all feel sorry and sad for him. The only way we help him now is to win the Carling Cup as he contributed a lot in this competition."
I think although hard on Cesc, the manager has made the right decision. We have three other trophies we're fighting for and to risk him in this match would put the rest of our goals in doubt.

Obviously it's devastating for him. This is the first time we've reached a final since he became captain in November 2008 and I know he would feel immensely proud to lead the team out.

That role now falls on the shoulders of Robin van Persie, who you would imagine as vice captain will step into Fabregas' shoes.

Arsene Wenger passed the striker fit yesterday, along with Laurent Koscielny and Abou Diaby.

Now Robin really is an Arsenal man though and though. He really loves the club and to lead the players out at Wembley on Sunday will be a hugely proud moment for him.

Walcott and Fabregas will be at Wembley on Sunday, so I'm sure the players will not only want to win it for themselves but for their injured team mates.

Also among the party will be Thomas Vermaelen. He's doing very well in his recovery from injury. I'm told that he could make the bench for the trip to Barcelona and possibly make his return the following game.

Arsenal have a reserve team fixture against West Ham next Tuesday which he may be involved in. Arsene Wenger has said he wants Vermaelen to get some reserve team football under his belt before he makes his first team come back, but next Tuesday might be too soon.

There is talk about a behind close doors friendly to reacclimatize the player to football. More information on that as and when I get it. 

One player you could not accuse of having low confidence is Wojciech Szczesny. He's targeting not just winning the Carling Cup, but the lot!

He said:
"It is the first trophy we can win this year and we believe it can give us the boost to push on to win the next competition.
"We want to win that trophy and push on."
It's great to have a keeper with his confidence. Watching him play on Wednesday night was really good. You saw him coming for crosses, defending his six yard box and giving the players a mouthful if he didn't perform.

Fabianski would have done the first two but isn't very vocal. Where as Almunia wouldn't have done any of the three. To me, it's amazing how circumstance has put him in goal and we're better off for it.

There were some interesting words from the captain about Jack Wilshere, which are well worth a read.

Arsene Wenger is due to host his pre match press conference at lunchtime. More news on the team and whatnot then.

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