Young attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is moving himself nearer and nearer the first team set-up at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to some top notch performances during his loan spells at Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers and now at Cardiff City. The tall 20 year old scored a cracker in this fixture against Hull City, expertly controlling the ball before beating a couple of defenders with some fancy footwork before burying the crucial second to help secure a crucial win.
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Here is the team news ahead of the Carling Cup.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of the Carling Cup final on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
The midfielder joins winger Theo Walcott (ankle) in missing the match against Birmingham at Wembley.
“Cesc is sad and disappointed but it is a very small injury,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday. “He will be out for one or two games.”
Robin van Persie is fit to captain the side, while Laurent Koscielny and Abou Diaby are also expected to return.
The trio missed Wednesday’s 1-0 home victory over Stoke with hamstring, back and calf problems respectively, although Diaby was also suspended, but Wenger said all three would be available.
It is very unlikely Walcott will be fit for the second leg of the Barcelona game.
Fabregas inspired Arsenal to a blistering start against the Potters but left the field after only 14 minutes and was replaced by Andrey Arshavin.
The look on the 23-year-old’s face suggested he feared the worst and on Wednesday he Tweeted: “I don’t know if I’ll make Sunday or not, but all I know is that from this moment to Sunday 1630 I wont sleep if it is necessary.
“I’ve waited too long to captain a final for Arsenal and I won’t give up until the last second.” (BBC Sport)