More bad news for the Gunners as three key players are out for lengthy periods of time.
Cesc Fabregas is feared out for the rest of the season while Andriy Arshavin is out for three weeks. William Gallas season is over.
Fabregas would not have made the Barca second leg picking up his second card but the results of bone scan will be available later today to confirm, if indeed he has a fractured fibula. Which might mean a 6-8 week stay away from the pitch.
Gallas was recovering from a partial tear of the calf muscle with intramuscular bleeding. Wenger took a gamble with his return and it did not pan out as planned.
This has implications for Gallas beyond this season and his frequent injuries may tempt Wenger into not re-negotiating more than a year on his contract. If this proves unacceptable then the Frenchman might be gone.
Arshavin picked up a calf injury that has compounded what can only be called a frustrating season for the Russian playmaker.
Brilliant in patches but with moments of sauntering casualness that are at odds with the English game. Perhaps it is a learning curve but Arshavin as a famously free spirit has to come to some sort of self realization because I don’t see him taking too kindly to Wenger putting a fatherly arm around him and saying, “ Son, it’s not just Liverpool in the league.”