Cesc Fabregas has not travelled to Benfica for Arsenal’s friendly game this weekend, not because he is injured but because “he is not ready to play a game”.
Despite training fully with the squad for the past few days it seems he is just simply lacking match fitness, however naturally this has sparked more controversy over his probable move to Barcelona.
Wenger tried to ignore questions about Fabregas after they landed in Lisbon. But he told the club’s official website: “I do not want to speak about the transfer of Fabregas because I have done that three years now in every press conference so I don’t think there is any more need to add something.
“I love Fabregas and I want him to stay, that is basically it.
“Everybody is free to think what they want. We cannot stop people raising questions.
“He is just coming back from injury and is not ready to play in a game. But he is not injured.”
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It seems that Arsenals injury woes continue as it seems that several first teamers are not only going to miss this weekends final pre-season clash with Benefica, but also the start of the season.
Wenger also stated: “Walcott is back in training but he is not ready just yet. Wilshere is injured on his ankle and it is very difficult to set a concrete deadline on his comeback.
“Nasri has a muscular problem. Diaby is out and Koscielny has a small muscular problem.
“Bendtner and Eboue are not in the squad because they might be going out of the Club.
“Koscielny and Nasri might be back for the start of the season. I don’t think Fabregas will be ready to start the season because he has been out for a long time and has had no games. Walcott might be back and, as for Wilshere, it is very difficult to say.”
This is a worrying time for Gunners fans as we not only lack a sufficient squad for the opening weeks of the Premier League, but we all face the all important Champions League Play-off against Udinese within the opening weeks, will Wenger bolster the side accordingly? The team is looking quite depleted, and this is only the beginning of the season!
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