Barcelona v Arsenal: Alex Song out of Champions League quarter-final second leg

05 April 2010 02:11
It leaves Arsene Wenger with a massive selection dilemma at centre-back, with Sol Campbell, who struggles to play more than one match a week, likely to be asked to play his second game in only four days.

The other options at centre-back alongside Thomas Vermaelen are Mikael Silvestre or Bacary Sagna, with Denilson likely to cover as the holding midfielder alongside Abou Diaby.

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Song had to be substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers following a groin injury and, while there was hope that he would be recovered in time to face Barcelona, he was unable to train.

Campbell and Silvestre are both in Arsenal's 18-man squad travelling to Barcelona today, as are Fran Merida, Craig Eastmond and Armand Traore.

Arsenal must either win or draw at least 3-3 to progress to a potential Champions League semi-final against Inter Milan after the 2-2 draw at the Emirates next week.

While Arsenal are severely depleted, Barcelona are also without key players, including their first-choice centre-backs Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique as well as striker Zlatan Ibrahamivoc and midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Arsenal squad: Almunia, Fabianski, Bendtner, Eduardo, Diaby, Nasri, Denilson, Merida, Walcott, Eastmond, Rosicky, Traore, Eboue, Clichy, Sagna, Vermaelen, Campbell, Silvestre.

Source: Telegraph