Cesc out for 4 months due to knee ligament rupture

It's sad to say that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that Gunners captain Francesc Fabregas will be out of action for four months after suffering a partial rupture of his medial knee ligament in Sunday's draw against Liverpool.

The talented Fabregas suffered the injury in a challenge with Liverpool's Xabi Alonso and limped off at half time at the Emirates Stadium.

Justificar a ambos ladosThe popular Wenger initially hoped Fabregas would only be out for three weeks but scans confirmed the Spain midfielder won't play again before April.

"The news is not good," Wenger admitted. "It will take three to four months, we count four. He will be working hard to come back earlier but I count four months.

"The challenge by Alonso was fair and honest, I have no problem with it. It is exactly what I have said many times, it is the kind of thing you accept in the game that can happen. I don't feel there was any intention to hurt, it was purely accidental."

We must notice that the loss of his recently installed skipper and creative talisman is a massive blow to Wenger as he tries to end Arsenal's four-year wait for a trophy.

He was already short of experienced midfielders after losing Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb in pre-season, while Tomas Rosicky has been injured for the whole of the current campaign.

"We will miss him, of course, but how much is difficult to say," Wenger said. "We have to find a way and we want to find a way to compensate the fact that he is not on the pitch to give everyone a bit more.

"I'm sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us get over the line in the final months. I believe we are able to do it."

In fact, Wenger team will face a crucial match at Aston Villa on Friday, and conceded Fabregas's injury may force him to move into the transfer market in January.

"It is more likely but we also have internal solutions and we are not desperate," he said. "At the moment no one is going out and no one is coming in. That gives you a perfect answer.

"Now we have a big game in front of us and before January anyway I believe it is more important to focus on our games."

A bid for Zenit St Peterburg's Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is one possibility for Wenger, who is yet to decide who will replace Fabregas as captain.

The experienced Spanish keeper Manuel Almunia wore the armband when Fabregas came off against Liverpool and would be the leading candidate.

"I think that it is a great opportunity to show we can deal with it and have strength," said Wenger, who played down talk of a Manchester City bid for Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure.


Spain crushed Chile and finished the best year of their history

Cesc Fabregas took part of the whole match, but the real stars were David Villa, Fernando Torres and Santi Cazorla. They scored for Spain to beat Chile 3-0 in a friendly on Wednesday and cap the European champion's greatest season.

Indeed, top-ranked Spain extended its two-year unbeaten streak to 28 matches. It also stayed unbeaten against Chile, winning six out of seven matches.

The talented Villa's 37th-minute penalty saw him become the first Spanish player to score in five straight games and take his international tally to 24 goals from 41 appearances, surpassing Alfredo di Stefano to move to fifth in Spain's all-time scoring list.

Fernando Torres used a quick move in the 67th to get free and score with a low shot. Cazorla then found the net with a deflected shot that skipped past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in the 86th.

"The philosophy stays the same: we play well and keep scoring goals," Cazorla said after scoring his first international goal at El Madrigal stadium, where he plays club football for Villarreal FC.

The "Red Fury", which beat Germany at Euro 2008 in June to lift its first major trophy for 44 years, hasn't lost since Nov. 15, 2006 — a 1-0 defeat to Romania.

"They made us uncomfortable but Spain played well," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque. "I think we showed proof of our capabilities."

And Vicente Del Bosque knows the power of his team. That's why he used a 4-4-1-1 formation as Spain took control for the opening 15 minutes, with Bravo stopping a shot by Villa after 74 seconds.

Spain's traditonally slick passing was on display but its domination of possession provided few chances, with Villa well marked by Chile's defense as regular strike partner Torres watched from the bench.

It was the scrappy Chileans who nearly broke the deadlock in the 18th. Matias Fernandez' backheel sent Fabian Orellana into the area with only goalkeeper Iker Casillas to beat, but the Audax Italiano striker sent the ball just wide of the right post.

Iker Casillas caught Humberto Suazo's shot in the 22nd after positioning himself well as Fernandez, playing on his club's home ground, orchestrated play from the middle.

"We had excellent chances to attack and for that I don't feel I need to modify the team," Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa expressed. "The run of play wasn't so disagreeable to us except that Spain showed a forcefulness that we lacked from a similar amount of chances."

Spain's Albert Riera broke into the area in the 36th and stumbled to the ground after a challenge by Rodrigo Tello but, although there appeared to be little contact, a penalty was awarded. Villa easily beat Bravo from the spot.

Villa nearly made it 25 goals when his hard drive hit the bar to close out the half.

Second-half substitute Cazorla hit a first-time curling shot past Bravo in the 63rd but it just missed going in at the far post as Spain was able to open up the play.

The popular "Niño" Torres, who replaced Villa in the 57th, cut back to shake his marker on the right side and beat Bravo with a left-footed shot for his 18th goal in 58 appearances.

Keeper Pepe Reina, who came on at halftime for the magnificent Casillas, saved Suazo's header with one hand in the 58th. Alexis Sanchez shot wide from long range moments later, but it was as close as Chile would get.

"With the five or six occasions on goal we had, if we could have scored one we would have cut the difference," Bielsa admitted.

Athletic Bilbao frontmanr Fernando Llorente came on for Xavi in the 72nd to become the fifth Spanish player to debut under Vicente Del Bosque, who stretched his winning streak to six games since taking over from Luis Aragones.

In fact, Cazorla showed how dangerous Spain's bench was in the 86th after running onto a loose ball to fire a long-range shot beyond Bravo.

"It was an excellent display by our bench," said Del Bosque, who has led Spain to the top of its World Cup qualifying group with a perfect record from four games.

It's important to say that it was Spain's first international at Villarreal's home ground since its 9-0 win over San Marino in 1999 in qualifying for the European Championship.

Team lineups:

Spain: Iker Casillas (Pepe Reina, 46), Raul Albiol, Joan Capdevila, Carles Puyol (Carlos Marchena, 46), Sergio Ramos (Alvaro Arbeloa, 61), Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera, Marcos Senna (Santi Cazorla, 46), Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez (Fernando Llorente, 72), David Villa (Fernando Torres, 57).

Chile: Claudio Bravo, Cristian Alvarez, Ismael Fuentes, Waldo Ponce, Carlos Carmona, Rodrigo Tello, Mauricio Isla, Matias Fernandez, Alexis Sanchez, Fabian Orellana, Humberto Suazo (Jorge Valdivia, 87).


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Cesc confident to recover against Manchester United on Saturday

Arsenal spanish talent Cesc Fabregas has challenged his team-mates to prove they are good enough to turn around their recent slump when they face Manchester United at the weekend.

As we know, Arsenal were held to a goalless draw against Fenerbahce in the Champions League on Wednesday night, meaning they have gone three games without a victory.

"We have to keep going," Fabregas admitted. "The next match, against Manchester United, is massive. This is welcomed because it's a big game and big players want to play in big games."

He expressed: "We don't want excuses because we are playing for Arsenal and a lot of players would like to be in our position. We must make sure we give everything on the pitch always."

Gunners coach Arsene Wenger accused referees and opponents of victimising his side following the stalemate with Fenerbahce.

After criticising Stoke for deliberately harming his players at the weekend, Mikael Silvestre is a fresh injury concern after his nose was injured in a challenge involving Semih Senturk.

Wenger said: "Was it intentional? I don't know. He rotated his arm. You must ask the player."

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia missed the Group G clash with an upset stomach, while Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor were also sidelined. Wenger is getting increasingly frustrated as he feels different rules apply to his team.

He said: "You can look at the fair play table. Who is top? Arsenal Football Club. We have no lessons to learn from anyone on that front. Look at the team that makes less fouls - it is Arsenal Football Club.

"Who gets the more yellow cards after four or five fouls? The answer in Arsenal Football Club. Some teams get their first yellow card after 15 fouls. I cannot read the (rule) book or something is wrong."


Brazilian Roberto Carlos says Arsenal must keep Fabregas

Brazil former superstar Roberto Carlos faces Arsenal tonight for Fenerbahce in the Champions League - insisting that the Gunners must not allow spanish player Cesc Fabregas to leave the club.

The brazilian defender is looking forward to the challenge of Arsenal in Istanbul tonight.

However, there has recently been much speculation about the future of Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas at the club - even though the Catalan himself has been at pains to correct mis-quotes and reaffirm his commitment to the Gunners.

Carlos is in no doubt that Cesc's exit would be a devastating blow for manager Arsene Wenger.

He told The Sun: “When people think about Arsenal they talk about Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie but for me the key player for them is Fabregas.

“The young Spaniard is a fabulous player and key to the team. They are a very offensive outfit but they need a creator and Fabregas does that, as well as defend well.

“Cesc Fabregas is the player we will have to watch the most in this game because it is one we need to win.

“He would be a great loss to Arsenal if he ever left the club."

Roberto Carlos has also warned Arsenal that it will be tough for them in Istanbul.

He said: “People might look at where we are in the group [bottom, to Arsenal's top] and think that we are easy to beat but that is not the case.

“The Gunners have a lot of injuries in their team so they will have a few inexperienced players and the atmosphere at our stadium could be a real shock for them.”


Cesc Fabregas will stay despite being tempted by European big clubs

Spanihs talented footballer Cesc Fabregas has reiterated that he is keen to stay at Arsenal at the moment but admitted that he would be keen to return to play for Barcelona during his career.

The Catalan player has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates in the opening weeks of the new campaign in both the English and Spanish media.

While FC Barcelona are not keen to make a move without knowing that he would certainly say yes, Cesc sought to ward off any approach by the club by stating that he is still keen to play for the Gunners.

"Right now I am happy at Arsenal, but I cannot deny that returning to my country to play for Barça would be the realisation of a dream," Sport quote him as saying.

"Last summer I chose to stay in London and at the moment I am sure that it was the right decision and I hope to win trophies here."

Coming from a Barcelona-supporting family in Arenys del Mar, north of the Catalan capital, Cesc still watches the Blaugrana whenever he can and is pleased with what he is seeing this season.

"The fact is that Barça are producing some fantastic football that is always great to watch," he explained.

Sport believe that if Arsenal fall short again this season then a move by Barça could prove to be too tempting for Fabregas, who has stated in the past that the north London club need to strengthen.


Francesc Fabregas elated with Euro Title

The spaniard footballer was delighted after la Furia Roja ended their 44-year wait for a major trophy and admitted that this achievement had not yet registered fully.

A single goal from Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was enough to win the final against Germany. However it could have been many more as the Spanish created numerous chances with another outstanding display.

"It feels really great. It is the best day of my life as a player," Fàbregas admitted. "I don't think it has sunk in what we have achieved. We have ended the wait after 44 long years. It is the best feeling. This is one of the best trophies and one my dreams."

Cesc Fabregas praised the team for wanting to play the attractive football that won them so many admirers and universal praise throughout the tournament.

"It is satisfying. It is a long time since a team of that quality, trying to put the ball on the ground, create chances and play a beautiful game has succeeded."

Finally, the popular Fabregas said that he believes that this could be the start of a strong era for the Spain team and was already looking forward to 2010

"Indeed, you can see how young we are and hopefully in twoyears time we can do well in the World Cup," he concluded.

"Spain won the Euro with English help"

According to some newspapers, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Wednesday congratulated Spain for its 1-0 Euro 2008 win against Germany, but was quick to point out that they only won with "English" help.

"We totally congratulate Spain on the result," he told a news conference in London, after talks with his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos and Gibraltar's Chief Minister Peter Caruana.

"We, of course, point out that the critical goal came from Arsenal passing to Liverpool, so we feel a certain degree of co-ownership" he claims.

Miliband, a keen fan of English Premier League side Arsenal and in the past a sometime midfielder for the governing Labour Party's team, was mistaken though about the through pass to goalscorer Fernando Torres, of Liverpool.

Indeed, instead of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, the final ball was played by Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez, who was named the best player of the tournament.

As for England, packed with stars from the English Premier League, they failed to qualify for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland.


Cesc confident at Spain beating powerfull Italy

Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas is certain Spain are set to end a 44-year wait for international glory at Euro 2008.

Indeed, Spain came through the group stages with three straight successes to set up a quarter-final encounter against world champions Italy.

And Francesc Fabregas has a strong feeling that 2008 is set to be Spain's year after so many disappointments in the past.

"We're going to do it. We're going to win," Fabregas claims. "We have to do it however we can. If we have to play ugly, we'll do so."

Italy largely stuttered to qualification in Group C, and Fabregas is backing his team-mates to outplay Roberto Donadoni's men on Sunday vital game.


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Cesc Fabregas Bio

This young talented footballer from Spain has amazed the whole world with his skills for the game. But we must start from the begining: Francesc Cesc Fabregas Soler saw the light on May 4, 1987 in Arenys de Mar, a sunny location in Catalonia, Spain.

Since he was a little kid the passion for football would motivate him. He decided to join FB Barcelona to start a career, by joining the youth divissions. He played mostly as a defensive midfielder, but he was also a prolific scorer, sometimes scoring more than 30 goals in a season. Despite that, Cesc never reached the first team.

Fabregas called up the attention of one of Arsene Wenger's seekers in Spain. Arsenal FC learned about their huge potential and signed him at the age of 16. Cesce made his team debut in a League Cup tie at home to Rotherham United, and in doing so became Arsenal's youngest ever first-team player. Although this fact doesn't count for any record, he converted a penalty in a penalty shootout, which the Gunners won 9-8. He then became the youngest goal scorer in Arsenal's history in a later round of the League Cup, scoring from very close range in a 5-1 triumph against Wolves.

In fact, it wasn't until the start of the 2004-05 season that 'Cesc' started making first squad appearances. First it was against Manchester United in the Community Shield and then four successive Premier League starts against Everton, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City. Fabregas impressed many observers in his first four appearances, claiming a goal against Blackburn in a 3-0 win, and went on to score Arsenal's third goal in a 5-1 Champions League victory against Rosenborg of Norway, making him the second youngest goalscorer in the history of that tournament.

It's important to mention that On March 1, 2006, Fabregas played his first game with the Spanish senior national squad (becoming the youngest player capped for Spain in 80 years), receiving rave reviews for his debut. He even contributed an assist for David Villa's goal, Spain's first in a 3-2 win over the Ivory Coast.

On May 15, 2006, the young Cesc was selected for the Spanish 2006 World Cup team. During the tournament, he came on as a second-half substitute in Spain's first two group matches, contributing an assist in their 3–1 victory against Tunisia. He then started alongside Spain's reserve players (including then-Arsenal teammate José Antonio Reyes) in Spain's third group match against Saudi Arabia. He earned a starting role in Spain's first knockout-stage encounter against France, in place of Marcos Senna, but Spain lost 3–1. Fàbregas also became the youngest player in Spanish football history to participate in a World Cup when he came on as a substitute for Luis García after 77 minutes in the 4–0 victory against Ukraine on 13 June 2006; he was then 19 years and 41 days old.

Cesc Fabregas' performance has improved over the seasons, and he has adopted a more aggressive style of play. His importance to the team as the main creative force is also reflected in his contributing 16 assists in all competitions in the 2006–07 season. By his own admission, scoring was a weaker part of his style game in his first few seasons at Arsenal; wasteful finishing also being symptomatic of the larger problem surrounding Arsenal in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. This changed initially in the 2007–08 season when he scored 11 goals in his first 16 games, although Arsenal manager Wenger claimed that the Spaniard's previous inability to score was down to a mental state, and even compared the Spaniard to french star Michel Platini, a French midfielder renowned for scoring. Given his young age, concerns have also been raised over the large number of games Fàbregas has played for club and country in the last few seasons, as burnout may become an issue if he is not adequately rested, but the midfielder has yet to sustain any major injuries in his five-year career with Arsenal. Whats more: he is now one of the best midfielders in the World.


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