Cesc race to be fit for Villa clash

This morning’s papers bring us some good news concerning the injury to Cesc Fabregas and the Sun reckons AW is awaiting scan results on his hamstring injury – but is optimistic that the problem is ‘not long-term’.
Arsenal skipper Fabregas limped off in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Burnley in a match that left Wenger fuming at the fixture-list compilers. AW immediately ruled his midfield ace out of the clash against Hull on Saturday, although the injury may not be as bad as first feared.
Wenger said: “Cesc had a scan. The only thing that is sure is that he will not play on Saturday. Beyond that, it all depends on, is it a slight strain – grade one or two? If it is a tear it is a small one and the maximum would be 10 days. So it is not long-term.”
Meanwhile, in the Daily Mail, AW says he is confident Fabregas will be back to face Aston Villa a week on Sunday. The paper reiterates the prospect of him missing the Hull match and reflects that the the fixture sparked a storm last season when the teams met at the Emirates in an FA Cup quarter-final in March.
Hull’s assistant manager Brian Horton accused Fabregas of spitting at him after the match and manager Phil Brown launched a verbal attack on the Arsenal captain, who had not played in the game but watched from the bench.
Wearing jeans, a hoodie and leather jacket, Fabregas joined the celebrations on the pitch after Arsenal had come from behind to win 2-1 with two goals in the last 16 minutes and clashed with Horton as he made his way down the tunnel.
The Mail adds that Denilson will return after missing the trip to Burnley with a back injury. Nicklas Bendtner, Tomas Rosicky, Gael Clichy and Armand Traore are unavailable.
This morning’s Mirror reckons Burnley boss Owen Coyle made a cheeky move for Wilshere before the sides met in midweek. Coyle took his chance to ask for the midfield diamond on loan for the rest of the season during the pre-match pleasantries with AW on the pitch at Turf Moor.
The Glaswegian wished Wenger all the best before kick-off and would not let him go while he put his case to sign Wilshere and help with his football education. And the way the Clarets played against the Gunners could give Coyle a fighting chance of convincing Wenger that highly-rated Wilshere will improve with his passing side.
The paper says Coyle is keen to recruit top talent within his budget next month and is a big admirer of Wilshere who is 18 on New Year’s Day and tipped to move out on loan soon after. Wilshere has played a couple of times for Arsenal’s first team and earned rave reviews as he comes through the ranks – and also stands out when he plays for England’s young sides.
Arsenal have had inquiries from Watford and Reading for Wilshere but AW and the player would prefer to sharpen up at the highest level – because he is tipped as a Gunners first team player sooner rather than later.
AW is being careful with his selection of club for Wilshere. He wants him to play regularly and Burnley would have to give some kind of assurance that would happen as they battle for Premier League safety.
Coyle and Wenger will speak again in the next week but the unusual sales pitch has put the ambitious young boss to the top of the list of potential destinations for Wilshere.
Coyle hopes his team have proved their quality to all with the  display against the Gunners and said: “To play against the best – and Arsenal have two or three who could play for anybody – and go toe-to-toe was some performance.
“Arsenal gave us a lot of respect and we did not try to knock them about or kick them. They play the kind of football we all aspire to.”

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