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Wenger set to gamble on injured Cesc for Champions League showdown

08 Mar 2010 10:16:53

Wenger set to gamble on injured Cesc for Champions League showdown

Vital to the team: Cesc Fabregas celebrates his goal against Burnley Injured Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will be risked in tomorrow's Champions League clash with Porto at the Emirates - because manager Arsene Wenger feels they can't win without him. Fabregas is doubtful after limping off during the 3-1 Premier League defeat of Burnley at the weekend - after opening the scoring -  and will have a scan today after suffering tightness in the same hamstring that kept him out for three weeks last month. But Wenger is ready to start with the 22-year-old Spain midfielder as the Gunners attempt to turn around a 2-1 first leg deficit. He told The Sun: 'I'm ready to take the gamble. But if there is more than a 50 per cent chance of his hamstring going I will not take it. 'You look at the Fabregas numbers and they are amazing - 14 goals and 15 assists. He's a fantastic player with fantastic attitude and commitment. He shoot, he scores...Cesc Fabregas nets as many as he sets up 'And what people forget, an unbelievable work-rate, too. This season he has taken a big step forward, massive.  At 22 years of age he has matured.' Arsenal have been by Sol Campbell's recovery from a muscle injury  but fellow defender William Gallas misses out again with a calf injury.  Jamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: Theo Walcott needs more than paceArsenal 3 Burnley 1: Theo Walcott puts his England misery behind himPiers Morgan: John Terry wins the Oscar for best original score, the Inglourious B*****d!ARSENAL FC


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