Vote: Should Arsene Wenger Risk Cesc Fabregas Against Porto?

Ollie Irish

8th, March 2010


By Ollie Irish

The papers seem to think that Monsieur Wenger will risk Cesc Fabregas against Porto in the Champions League tomorrow evening. Wenger told The Sun: “I’m ready to take the gamble. But if there is more than a 50 per cent chance of his hamstring going I will not take it.”

This is a very tough call, obviously. Do Arsenal try to get past Porto without their most influential player? It could all go horribly wrong…

The worst-case scenario: On a chilly night in north London, Fabregas really pings his tweaked hamstring, Arsenal go out of the Champions League, Fabregas misses three-four weeks of the Premier League run-in. For Gooners, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

I wouldn’t start with Fabregas, but I would have him on the bench as an insurance policy. Even without Cesc, and at home, I fancy Arsenal to beat the Portuguese side, who are a decent outfit but eminently beatable; Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott look in good nick, and they can provide the creative spark sans Cesc.

What would you do, armchair Wengers?

UPDATE: Looks like Cesc is out, after all. Doh

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  1. Wayne says:

    After Cesc went off on Sat we went on to score two more goals. With the same scoreline as Saturday we will qulaify for the quater-final of the Champions League tomorrow.

    1) Song will be back and will partner Diaby (somehting we did not have in the last leg)

    2) Arshavin is back (something we did not have against Porto in the last leg)

    3)Bendtner can play upfront by himself

    4) Sol is back

    Verdict: Rest Cesc for the title race run in…The quicker Cesc comes back, hte better our chances are of lifting the title in May

  2. Michael says:

    I voted No. Winning the Premier League is so much important.

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