Fabregas out of Shakhtar Match

The Spanish international won’t travel with the rest of the Arsenal squad to the Ukraine but Arsene Wenger is hopeful that his captain will be fit to face Newcastle on Saturday.

'He has a good chance to play on Sunday but tomorrow night is too risky,' Wenger said. 'He has no real strain, just a bit of pain. I don't know what it's down to but we cannot take a gamble as he has had injuries before. There's still a bit of reluctance to push it 100%.'

Fellow midfielders Alex Song, Andrey Arshavin and Denilson are also struggling with injury.

'Alex Song has a problem with his calf which we will assess today, he has a chance not to travel,' Wenger said. 'Arshavin has a problem and we might leave him at home and Denilson has a groin problem.'

'The one that is definitely out is Fabregas, the three others will be assessed later.'

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