Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has conceded that Cesc Fabregas may be right in his claim that rest is the only thing which can help the Spaniard’s hamstring problems, and admits he is at a loss to explain the midfielder’s latest injury setback.
The Telegraph reports that the Gunners skipper now looks certain to miss the crucial final Champions League group game against Partizan Belgrade on December 8, and despite earlier reports that the World Cup winner was targeting the trip to Manchester United five days later as a possible return he is still considered a “major doubt.”
Gunners to miss out on Croatian duo.
Dinamo Zagreb have rejected an approach from Arsenal for the services of teenagers Sime Vrsaljko and Mateo Kovacic. Reports suggest that the Gunners sent delegates to Croatia to try and secure a deal for the pair earlier this month.
Sky Sports reports that the offer for the pair was around £16.9m (€20m) as confirmed by Zagreb vice-president Zdvravko Mamic. He said: “Ten days ago we had an special visit in Zagreb. Here were people from Arsenal and they were ready to pay 20 million Euros for Vrsaljko and Kovacic. But they are to stay in Dinamo, Arsenal just wanted to buy them for the future. But my answer was sharp, I said ‘no’ in one second.”
Vrsaljko is generally regarded as one of the most exciting defensive prospects in Europe at the moment, with many of Europe’s elite clubs reportedly keeping tabs on his development. Kovacic, meanwhile, is a highly rated midfielder.
Despite Arsenal’s mounting injury list the club have permitted recently returned Welsh wonderkid Aaron Ramsey to leave the club on loan. The 19-year-old has secured a loan move to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, with the midfielder set to return to the Emirates in January.
According to The Independent, Wenger said of the youngster before the loan move was announced: “We need to give him back his competitiveness and that takes a few games.” The news is likely to be welcomed by Forest fans as well, as they have secured the short-term services of a player so highly regarded at the highest end of the Premier League. They will be hoping he can help put them in a good position to maintain their promotion prospects, with the side currently sitting 6th in the Championship – narrowly among the playoff places.