Fabregas is out for the CL Second Leg Qualifier tonight against Celtic with a hamstring problem. The injury is not serious according to Wenger though.
Fabregas was taken off at half time against Portsmouth, and went for a scan afterwards which showed that the muscle was not strained. I expect he will be back for the game at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, but if he needs more time then the club should allow him to recover.
Wenger said that he will be rotating the squad, as we saw in the Portsmouth game with several changes in defence and midfield. The players who need a rest will be rested but Wenger insisted that his selections will not be influenced by the Man Utd tie on Saturday.
“I will rest the players who need to rest. “Some players have played many, many games; if I feel they need to rest, I will do it. It is not as a result of that game [against Manchester United on Saturday], it’s just if you have a player tired, you play the player who is fresh. I will play the team who I think is most efficient to win the game considering the level of some players.”
Expect a 4-3-3 formation yet again, with Ramsey stepping up to replace Fabregas. He already has the passing quality to fit into the first team, and his goal on Saturday was well taken. What Ramsey lacks is experience so tonight will be a big test if he gets the chance.
Wenger knows that we will have to be on our game tonight, Celtic have spirit, but their awful European away record, and our 2 – 0 lead away from home definitely give Arsenal the advantage.
“I thought Celtic did well in Moscow, it makes us more on alert, we know they had a very good away performance. To be strong at the Emirates is vital for our season. Any time you show weakness at home can have consequences for the game and also your season.”
Highlights on Arsespeak after the game!
4 thoughts on “Arsenal vs. Celtic Second Leg: Fabregas out, expect rotation – Ramsey?”
I strongly backed Mr. Wenger in his policy of young talented players. As it is at the moment, Arsenal is playing like a team not a group and we have starting seeing what the future holds.
this is tue
Yes I think Ramsey (or Merida) should get a chance tonight. They need experience and what better opportunity to give it to them
We need a strong performance from the other two CMs (hopefully song and denilson) to ensure we dont lose the tie
To be honest I wouldnt be surprised if diaby played again (not that that would be a bad thing really), because the tie is apparently extremely important for the club financially, so our most experienced players will likely play where fit
i think Denii and Van-P will be rested and we will start wih a line-up like this
we will do the Bhoys 3-1 I HOPE…
Eduardo,Diaby and Arshavin
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