Date: 2nd November 2010 at 10:21am
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas will not travel to the Ukraine for our Champions League group game with Eduardo’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fabregas was clearly struggling as the Gunners squeaked a 1-0 win over West Ham at Ashburton Grove over the weekend with a late header from Alex Song, and Wenger was almost force to withdraw the Spaniard to ensure the apparent hamstring injury didn’t worsen.

With the CL group almost wrapped up, Arsene Wenger made the sensible decision not to take the skipper, especially with vital Premier League games on the horizon.

‘It’s a mixture of cautiousness and pain in his hamstring. It’s a bit too risky and we cannot take the gamble,’ Wenger said.

‘I think he has a good chance to play on Sunday but tomorrow night will be too risky. He has no real strain, it’s just pain. I don’t know what it’s down to but we cannot take a gamble because he’s had injuries before.

‘It is not a strain. He is just a little reluctant to push fully.’


Arshavin, Song and Denilson are also all doubts for the game.