By Richard Clarke

There is still a “big uncertainty” about the involvement of Cesc Fabregas at Manchester United on Monday, according to Arsène Wenger

Before the game against Partizan on Wednesday, the manager suggested that his captain was less than 50:50 for the top of table clash at Old Trafford. When he spoke to TV Online on Thursday afternoon that had not changed and Wenger admitted a final decision may be made at the 11th hour.

Kieran Gibbs will be out for three weeks with the ankle problem he picked up against the Serbian champions. But thankfully it is not major damage.

On the upside, Gael Clichy is on the road to recovery after illness and should be OK for Monday. Johan Djourou is also likely to be fit following a thigh injury.

“We could have Cesc Fabregas [back],” said Wenger. “But there is a big uncertainty if he can be in the squad or not. That will be decided very late.

“We have lost Kieran Gibbs from Wednesday night but he should be the only one. We think today that he will be out for three weeks.

“I am very disappointed [about it]. I hope it will not put in his mind that he is an injured player. It was just an accident and you cannot do anything about it. Time will help him get over that and it is not major damage in his ankle.

“We should have [Gael] back [for Monday]. He was in today. He was very weak still but we hope he will progress well.

“We could have Johan Djourou available for Monday night. He should be fine.”

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the whole interview later on. In it, Wenger talks about:

  • what the Man United game will mean to the title race
  • the defensive issues surrounding his side
  • Arsenal’s record in the big games
  • turning ‘moral victories’ into actual victories
  • Man United’s unbeaten run
  • the influence of their 7-1 win over Blackburn
  • getting through against Partizan
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9 Dec 2010