By Richard Clarke
Cesc Fabregas will be out for "one or two games" with a hamstring injury.
Arsène Wenger told TV Online on Thursday evening that the Arsenal captain would miss the Carling Cup Final on Sunday with the problem he picked up against Stoke in midweek. At Friday's press conference, he re-iterated that point and, for the first time, indicated a time-scale for the Spaniard's return.
"He is injured and is out," said the manager. "We had a scan yesterday. He is out for one or two games, maybe.
"Cesc is sad and disappointed of course. It could have been worse and the injury is a very small one. But we have so many targets in front of us, it is important that he is not out for longer.
"What is important now is that the team and the squad focuses on the game we want to play on Sunday. Ideally you want everybody fit but before the season starts you know you can have some players injured. We can deal with that.
"You never want accidents to happen but we can deal with the fact that Cesc will not be there, Walcott will not be there and, of course, Vermaelen will not be there. When you look at the squad we have and the number of players we have available, we have enough quality players."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Feb 2011