Cesc Fabregas will not lead Arsenal on to the pitch at Wembley on Sunday as the Gunners face Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final, The Telegraph has revealed.
The Arsenal captain picked up a hamstring injury against Stoke on Wednesday night and limped off the pitch after just 14 minutes of play and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed the Spaniard will miss the League Cup final as his side look to end their six year trophy drought: “It is a very small injury but Cesc will be out for Sunday. He is disappointed. We all feel sorry and sad for him. The only way we help him now is to win the Carling Cup as he contributed a lot in this competition.”
The World Cup winner was upset to be ruled out of the cup clash so early and wanted to wait until Sunday before a decision was made. He expressed his disappointment via Twitter: “I’ve waited too long to captain a final for Arsenal and I won’t give up until the last second.”
Szczesny demands consistency.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has issued a rallying call to his teammates, calling for consistency for the remainder of the season as he believes it could make the difference between finishing Premier League champions and Runners-up, according to The Daily Mail.
The Gunners currently sit second in the league, a point behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and the 20-year-old shot stopper is confident that his side have the ability and desire to win the league, they just have to keep up their good run of form until the end of the campaign: “We believe that we are capable of winning the title. We have been very consistent recently. We are doing very well defensively and not conceding a lot of goals, so we fancy our chances of catching them up and winning the title this year.”
He continued: “If we keep playing consistently like we have been, then this will make the difference in the title race. They have still got to come here and we believe that we can beat them.”
Hazard to snub Gunners.
Arsenal target Eden Hazard looks set to snub the Gunners in order to extend his stay at French side Lille, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
The 20-year-old is currently contracted to Les Dogues until the summer of 2014 but has been heavily linked to a move to Arsenal this summer, with Arsene Wenger confirming the Gunners interest in January: “We are following him. Personally I think he has real talent and the level needed to play at Arsenal. But in the offensive department we have many players. At the end of the season we’ll have a look at the situation.”
The Ligue 1 leaders are hoping to keep the young Belgian for as long as possible and have offered him a new five and a half year deal. It remains to be seen whether or not the Belgian international will sign the new contract but he is expected to decide in the coming weeks and has made no indication that he is in a hurry to leave the north of France.