Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Sky Sports that Cesc Fabregas will be fit to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday – despite the player playing “within himself” during the Gunners’ 1-0 win over West Ham yesterday.
Wenger revealed that the 23-year-old was suffering with a hamstring strain at half time, and the Frenchman was even considering substituting the Spaniard. Fabregas ran off the knock in the second half, however, and appears to be ready for selection for the trip to the Ukraine this week.
Versatile Song impresses.
Wenger has also heaped praise on Alex Song, after the Cameroonian’s dramatic late winner against the Hammers. The 23-year-old nodded the ball past the excellent Rob Green in the 88th minute yesterday to make it two goals in two games for the player.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger said: “He is amazing because he came as a centre-back, becomes a defensive midfielder and now he plays like a striker.” West Ham remain bottom of the Premier League table but looked plucky against the second-placed Gunners.
Injuries key to title.
#The French manager, meanwhile, also took the opportunity to reiterate his belief that his Arsenal side are still capable of winning the Premier League this season – but admits that the players still need to take their performance up a notch or two in order to catch up with pace-setters Chelsea.
According to Sify Sports, Wenger said: “We have a good chance for the title, yes, but we want to show consistency first. We go step by step and we still need to step up a gear to completely achieve that. There is more to come out from this team. We have good potential on the bench today and some players to come back. If can keep a good injury record then we have a chance.”