Arsène Wenger hopeful over Cesc Fàbregas injury

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Wenger is hoping Fàbregas will return in time to face Chelsea (Photo: Ryu Voelkel)

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Arsène Wenger is hoping Cesc Fàbregas will recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 3 October.

Fàbregas picked up the strain after Anton Ferdinand’s attempted clearance bounced of the Arsenal captain’s leg and looped in for the Gunners’ freakish opener at Sunderland last weekend.

“I hope that he will be ready for the Chelsea match and that he will be fine,” said the Arsenal manager on Thursday. “But at the moment we don’t know, it’s too early.”

Meanwhile, Tomas Rosicky believes 18-year-old Jack Wilshere is ready to fill Fàbregas’ boots in the centre of midfield. The English youngster sparkled during the Gunners’ 4-1 Carling Cup victory at White Hart Lane and Rosicky, 29, says Wilshere has already shown his star qualities.

“Jack is a great talent and for his age he has a great football brain and he has a big future,” said the Czech Republic midfielder.

“The thing that impresses me most about him is that when he has got the ball he is very calm and that’s something the guys don’t always have.

“Sometimes younger players panic a bit when they have possession but with him you don’t see it because he’s very comfortable on the ball. That is the first quality that you are looking for and he’s very good at that.

Rosicky added: “We will see because it depends on which position the boss wants to play him. He can play as a line midfielder (playmaker) because he is a great player but all of the players showed they are ready.”

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