Following Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League, Arsenal now faces Manchester United in the sixth round FA Cup match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
When Arsenal is looking to regroup after the exit from the Europe, the North London side has suffered another blow as captain Cesc Fabregas would surely miss this important fixture with a recurring hamstring injury. The Spaniard just came back in action in the Barcelona match after missing three matches, but he has tweaked his hamstring again.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his captain is disappointed with this recurring injury. Moreover, Arsenal would also miss Theo Walcott and Alex Song, both of whom failed to make the trip to Barcelona.
The only good news for Arsenal is that striker Robin van Persie is available for Saturday’s FA Cup encounter. He also returned in action for the Barcelona match after recovering from a knee injury, but was controversially sent off during the match.
Just 15 days back, Arsenal was chasing for four titles, but after failure in Carling Cup final and Champions League, Wenger boys have two trophies up for grab: Premier League and FA Cup- and in both the tournaments they are facing challenges from Manchester United.
Now, let us see if Wenger can motivate his boys and keep their confidence level high as it is badly needed for them.