Arsene Wenger has confirmed captain Cesc Fabregas will be missing for Arsenal for a period of up to four months after the midfielder suffered a medial knee ligament injury clashing with Xabi Alonso.
Emmanuel Adebayor will also miss the clash with Aston Villa adding further blow upon the hearing of the extent to Fabregas’ injury. Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com:
“The news is not good because it is a partial rupture of the medial knee ligament which is taking three to four months injury time,” revealed Wenger at his pre-match press conference. “We count four, we know he will be working very hard to come back earlier but I count four months.
“How much [we will miss him] is difficult to say, the only thing we can say for sure is that we will miss him of course. We have to find a way to compensate for the fact he will not be on the pitch, and give everybody a bit more. I am sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us to get over the line in the final months.
“It is a blow [to lose him] of course, but we can show we have the strengths to deal with it. Of course it is a blow to lose Fabregas in the middle of the season – for four months – but it is a good opportunity to show we can deal with it and have the needed strengths.”
There are rumours that Arsenal may go for Elano for an initial loan. Though it is just speculation it is an intriguing rumour. The Brazilian hasn’t hit the form he did in the first half of last season and has fallen out of favour with Hughes but his ability is unquestionable. Versatile and clever he could be a useful acquisition. Denilson and Song as improving and Diaby will no doubt get his chance in the centre sometime so it is up to them to show Wenger but more pressingly fans, a new player is not needed.
The Premiership is famous for it’s intensity with this weekend’s and Monday’s match displaying that and although it was fascinating the ground football was inspiring only in patches. No doubt the red cards didn’t help however one interesting note was to see David Moyes deploying Mikel Arteta in defensive midfield for the last few matches. Arsene Wenger mentioned Fabregas would be able to play sweeper because of his brain and it shows the Everton man is similarly clever. Good to see a Premiership manager display his tactical ability.