Who needs Fabregas? Arsene Wenger shows his skills against Barca
The Gunners salvaged a 2-2 draw against champions Barcelona at the Emirates with second-half goals from Theo Walcott and a Cesc Fabregas penalty after striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given the Spaniards a 2-0 lead.
Wenger, however, was waiting for a scan later today after Fabregas, suspended from the return match following a second yellow card, revealed his season could be over after suffering what he feared was a serious leg injury.
William Gallas' season could be done too after he limped off with a troublesome calf problem while Andrey Arshavin is also doubtful with a calf strain.
The Arsenal boss admitted playing Gallas had been a gamble which failed but believes the pace of Walcott, who came off the bench to score after an hour, could yet be decisive in the return leg.
Wenger said: 'He (Walcott) had a huge impact when he came on. He has qualitieswhich can be useful on a big pitch like the Nou Camp. We can still qualify.
'We have to study how we can win the ball back. When we did that we always looked dangerous against them. We have to go for it. It would be a big achievement but we believe we can do it.'
Wenger admitted his side were fortunate to still be in the tie after being outplayed for most of the match.
Missing for the second leg: Suspended duo Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas (left) are suspended while William Gallas is injured
One out, one in? Andrey Arshavin (right) could miss the second leg through injury while Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol is suspended
'In the first part of the game they could have picked us off,' Wenger said. 'But on the counter attack we can be dangerous.
'It was a great football match with two teams who went for it. It was an exceptional match.'
How can this be happening? Arsene Wenger kicked every ball at The Emirates
Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola also has his problems after losing both hiscentral defenders for next week's match.
Captain Carles Puyol is suspended after being sent off for fouling Fabregas for the penalty and his defensive partner, Gerard Pique, is also unavailable after incurring two yellow cards.
Guardiola said: 'We had a lot of chances and we had a lot of control. We are proud of our performance. We have a good chance to qualify for the next round.
'We are happy with this result, but we could have killed the tie. We need to be more focused because they are a good team, otherwise we will go out.'
Guardiola promised his team would turn on another attacking extravaganza in the Nou Camp.
He said: 'Everyone who has seen this match must be happy and proud. We play football because we want to give happiness to people.
'Always you have to attack. That is what I try to put into the heads of the players.'
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