Thursday, 24th February, 2011 

Arsenal have suffered a blow with the news that Theo Walcott will miss the Carling Cup final against Birmingham City on Sunday after picking up an injury in the 1-0 win over Stoke City last night. The Gunners also saw Cesc Fabregas struck down with what looks like a hamstring injury, the severity of which is due to be assessed later today.

A Sebastien Squillaci goal after just eight minutes proved enough to see off a spirited Stoke side at the Emirates, a win which moved Arsenal to within just a single point of Manchester United in the Premier League table. But it was injuries which took the gloss off an impressive win.

"It is an ankle sprain", explained Wenger when speaking about Walcott’s injury, "he is out of the next game for sure."

And on Fabregas, Wenger accepts the only thing to do is to wait and see, saying it is "impossible to see how serious it is tonight". Now the Frenchman is waiting on the scan today.

"It’s a concern that Cesc is injured, but it happens unfortunately. He was very upset. I am as well. But it is not his fault or mine, it is part of sport", reflected the French coach.


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