By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas will not be fit to face Chelsea on Sunday.
The Arsenal captain suffered a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw at Sunderland two weeks ago and Arsène Wenger gave him a less than 50:50 chance of recovering in time for the London derby when he spoke to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday.
On Friday, the manager admitted that this weekend’s clash will come too soon for Fabregas. What’s more, Wenger will be without Manuel Almunia (elbow) and Kieran Gibbs at Stamford Bridge.
“Fabregas is not fit to play in this one and nor is Almunia,” he said.
“We lost Gibbs as well on Tuesday night with a calf problem and he is out of the England squad as well. He is out for two to three weeks.”
Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Aaron Ramsey (leg), Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie (both ankle) are still out but Abou Diaby is back in the squad after an ankle problem of his own.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 1 Oct 2010