Fabregas to miss Chelsea showdown
Arsenal have confirmed that captain Cesc Fabregas will play no part in their Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger declared on Thursday that the Spaniard had a "50-50" chance of playing, but it has now been revealed that a hamstring injury will rule him out.
Fabregas' absence represents a serious blow to Arsenal - who will also be without goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and defender Kieran Gibbs - as they are desperate to get their season back on track following an embarrassing 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in their last league clash.
Wenger said: "Fabregas is not fit to play in this one and nor is Almunia. We lost Gibbs as well on Tuesday night with a calf problem and he is out of the England squad as well. He is out for two to three weeks.''
Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Aaron Ramsey (leg), Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie (both ankle) are still out, but Abou Diaby returns to the squad after an ankle problem.
Xavi with tendon trouble
According to the Medical Services “For several weeks, the player has been suffering bilateral aquiline tendinopathy, which has reached an acute stage. The player, the manager Pep Guardiola, the FC Barcelona Medical Services and national manager Vicente del Bosque have decided that the best decision would be for him not to play with the Spanish national team in the games against Lithuania and Scotland in order for him to remain in Barcelona and do recovery work.
via @barcastuff: Official: Xavi will not take part in the game against Mallorca on Sunday because of his tendinitis problems. #fcblive [@fcbarcelona_cat]
neither was called up for the upcoming Spain matches against Lithuania and Scotland