Cesc Fabregas is set to step up his training in a last ditch effort to feature in the crucial top of the table clash with Man United on Monday night, according to Mirror Football.
Having attended light training sessions in recent weeks, he now looks set to train with the first team on a full-time schedule and should be selected at least on the bench for the trip to Old Trafford assuming he proves his fitness.
Arsene Wenger said: “It will be a very late decision to see if Cesc is in the squad or not. We will not take an unreasonable gamble, that is for sure, even if it is a big game.
“We have to assess if it is a risk for him to play, is he ready to play in a very intense game, then I will make a decision.”
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky insists he will not get carried away over the Gunners’ position at the top of the league.
With the north Londoners in a good position to finally end their five year trophy drought, hopes are high at the Emirates – but the Czech international is keeping his feet firmly on the floor.
Speaking to his official website, Rosicky said: “Naturally, our fans have relished seeing us at the top, but I don’t think any of us are getting carried away as we are not even past the half-way point of the season.
“There is still a long way to go. It’s going to be a massive game (against United) as we can steal points from our closest title rivals, but even so there is still a lot of games to be played afterwards.”
Gunners target arrives in London.
Arsenal target Guillermo Ochoa is in London to train in the Premier League – but it is with rivals Fulham. The highly rated CF America Mexico stopper has also attracted the attentions of Manchester United, but has accepted an offer to train at Craven Cottage ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Imscouting.com, CF America Mexico released an official statement saying: “Our goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has travelled to London after accepting the invitation he has received from Fulham and the manager Mark Hughes.
“America will be aware of the results of this invitation and, in case there is a negotiation between both clubs, we will let the press know once they have finished.”
It is thought any deal could set Ochoa’s new employers back around €9m, despite his contract being due to expire in June 2011. An approach on a free in the summer is possible, but both clubs could be set to do battle in January.