Arsene Wenger on Fabregas’ injury plus update on van Persie and Koscielny
Written by Renzo on February 24, 2011 4:45
Despite getting all three points against Stoke City on Wednesday night, Arsenal face fresh injury worries ahead of this weekend’s League Cup Final at Wembley.
Speaking after the one nil win, manager Arsene Wenger started by saying how his side was not as sharp as he wanted in the creative department but how his players desperately wanted all three points to move closer to the top. A Sebastien Squillaci header did indeed hand a very important win for the Gunners who are now only one points from the top of the table.
Asked about injuries, the Frenchman explained that captain Cesc Fabregas suffered a hamstring problem and will undergo a set of fitness tests this morning to determine for how long the injury will keep him out.
According to the Arsenal boss, it was strange that the 23-year old suffered the injury at such a later stage of the game as he added that nobody is to blame for yet another hamstring issue. As for Robin van Persie and defender Laurent Koscielny, Wenger concluded by saying that they are not sure to feature on Sunday and how a new update will be provided tomorrow.
After the Stoke win, Wenger said:
Tonight was a night when nobody else played [well] and if you can take three points and glide closer to the top, that means that your team is really hungry for success. The number of games we play, not to make a mistake at any stage … we were less sharp creatively but you could feel the team did not want to make a mistake and that’s a very positive sign.
[Cesc] Fabregas has a hamstring problem but we will assess that tomorrow, tonight it is impossible to say how serious it is. We will know more about it tomorrow. It is of course a concern that he is injured but it can happen unfortunately. He was very upset, I am as well, but it is not his fault and it is not my fault, it is part of sport.
It’s strange that it happened early in the game but we have to face it. We will know more on Friday [on Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny].