Several Arsenal players have apologised to the club’s fans following the Gunners’ shock 2-0 defeat at Braga on Tuesday night. The result means Arsenal are yet to ensure qualification from the Champions League group stages, and are now tied in second place of Group H with their conquerors on nine points apiece.
A vastly superior goal difference, however, should see the Gunners through assuming they win their final match, at home to bottom side Partizan Belgrade on December 8.
According to The Telegraph, Johan Djourou described potential failure to qualify as “a disaster,” whereas Jack Wilshere said to the fans via his Twitter account: “I would like to apologise to all the supporters, especially the ones that travelled, for the result. I still can’t get my head around how we can lose this game after dominating for so long.”
Fabregas needs rest.
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has expressed his worry that rest is the only thing which may help solve the hamstring conundrum which has dogged his season thus far. The Spaniard suffered a flare up of the injury during Tuesday’s embarrassing defeat in Europe, and now faces up to three weeks on the sidelines.
Mirror Football reports that the 23-year-old has tried not to miss too many games due to the injury but now finds himself forcibly sidelined. Fabregas has targeted the top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford as a return date, the match being scheduled for December 13.
Gunners want Hazard.
French outfit Lille are expecting a series of offers for their in-form winger Eden Hazard – with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United vying for the player’s signature.
The 19-year-old has been in fine form so far this season, capping the campaign to date with a starring performance in the club’s victory over Monaco at the weekend to further increase his stock, and to send Lille top of the League 1 table.
Lille President Michel Seydoux has warned his club’s fans that the bells are ringing for a potential departure, but assures them that they are not worrying about his future at this point in time.
According to Sky Sports, Seydoux told La Voix du Nord: “For now, we take pleasure in watching him play, we take advantage. But you know, the sirens did not start this morning. On Sunday, he was incredible. He has warmed us in this cold weather. We will not hide – it seems obvious that there will be requests for such a talent. But the player has already understood that he works well here, and that there are people who help him reach his level.”