By Richard Clarke
Cesc Fabregas will miss Wednesday’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk because of a hamstring injury.
Arsène Wenger revealed he nearly took off his captain at half time against West Ham at the weekend because the midfielder could feel the muscle tighten. Speaking before Monday's training session, the manager said the Spaniard's omission for the trip to the Ukraine was cautious but necessary.
Wenger also has to decide about the inclusion of Alex Song (calf), Andrey Arshavin and Denilson (groin), all three face tests before the team fly out on Monday afternoon.
“Cesc Fabregas will not travel,” said Wenger. “It is a mixture of caution and his hamstring. We cannot take the gamble.
“He has a good chance to play on Sunday but tomorrow would be a risk.
“He has no real strain but he has a little pain. He has had injuries before on his hamstring and he is a little bit reluctant to push 100 per cent.
“Alex Song has a problem with his calf. We’ll assess that today. He has a chance not to travel. Andrey has a little problem and we may leave him at home. Denilson has a groin problem.
“Those four players are the concern. The only player out is Cesc Fabregas. The other three will be assessed later.”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 2 Nov 2010