Monday, March 8, 2010

Wenger - Fabregas is better than Rooney

Arsene Wenger is weighing the options available to him after admitting
it'll be a huge risk to gamble on Cesc Fabregas.

The Frenchman claimed his talisman and Captain is a better and focused
player than Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

The 22-year-old suffered a hamstring injury which unfortunately for
him is a recurrent problem and might miss our Uefa Champions League
cracker against FC Porto tomorrow. He lasted only 39 minutes on the
pitch and Wenger had to substitute him on Saturday against Burnley.
Fabregas has been a superlative performer for Arsenal this campaign,
he has single-handedly ensured Arsenal left "no stone unturned" in
their quest to wrest power from Manchester United and Chelsea.
With his current form, the bench won't be a welcome development for
the Spaniard, who suffered the same injury in the same area in his
right leg before Christmas. And he endured three weeks on the bench.

The Boss didn't hide his thoughts about his influential Captain and as
expected, refused to accept that Manchester United and England
playmaker Wayne Rooney, is better than Cesc Fabregas.

"You look at the numbers and statistics of Fabregas - it's amazing.
"He has scored 14 goals 15 assists. He's a fantastic player, with
fantastic attitude and commitment.
"And what people forget an unbelievable work rate too. He's everywhere
and this season he has made a big step forward, massive. It was
interesting to see that he has already played at 16 but at 22 he has

Arsene Wenger also maintained he won't be having his way at the
expense of the midfielder's health and insists that he may have to
gamble on the youngster's fitness.
Meanwhile, he has Alex Song, Andrey Arshavin, and Abou Diaby available
and his more preferred central defender in the person of Sol Campbell
as he strategises and plots Porto's downfall at the Emirates.
"But we were 1 - 0 up and I thought we shouldn't take a gamble so we
took him off. He has little chance, yes. I haven't spoken to the
medical people yet we will have to assess that.
"It depends how big the gamble is. I'm ready to take the gamble. But
if it's more than 50 per cent chance his hamstring goes I will not
take it."