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Arsenal will be without midfielder Alex Song for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona as he has knee and groin injuries.
The Gunners are already missing captain Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin and William Gallas through injury.
Barcelona are without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede hurt his calf in the warm-up before their 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Captain Carles Puyol and defensive partner Gerard Pique are both banned.
But Arsenal must do without the increasingly influential Song, who could have partnered Thomas Vermaelen at centre-back in the absence of the injured William Gallas.
“It was a bad surprise on Monday morning,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “He had a scan on Sunday on his knee and it is inflamed cartilage.

“We will have to wait and see how serious it is but he is completely out of the squad for Tuesday’s game.”
The Gunners may now have to play Sol Campbell in defence, though the 35-year-old played for 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at home to Wolves on Saturday.
“That will be a decision I will have to make,” added Wenger, who also has Mikael Silvestre available. “We have to be conservative with Sol and see how he feels after Monday.”
Spanish champions Barcelona are set to pick youngster Bojan Krkic as their replacement for Ibrahimovic, who scored both Barca goals in the first leg in London last week, which ended 2-2.
Yaya Toure and Jeffren Suarez both face a race against time to be fit after picking up injuries on Saturday, while midfielder Andres Iniesta, who missed the first leg, remains a major doubt with an injury to his left leg.
“We are short of players for Tuesday and we need support at the Nou Camp, the crowd can push us on – it’s a real final,” said Guardiola.
“If we advance, we will have the chance to be league and European champions at the end of this season, so it’s our most important game of the whole year.” (BBC Sport)

Arsenal did wonderfully well to battle back from two goals down at the Emirates but now face a daunting trip to the Nou Camp missing a quartet of crucial performers. The loss of Cesc Fabregas could prove very problematic indeed for the Gunners but to top that off without being able to call upon Arshavin, Gallas and now Alex Song and Arsene Wenger has some major re-jigging to do.

The last minute win against Wolves will have served to boost confidence and whilst a win in Barceona is not out of reach, and its a win that is needed unless a high scoring draw is the order of the day, Arsenal will have to be on their best game to come away with a spot in the final four of the Champions League.

Pepe Guardiola’s side are on a fine run of late with 12 wins from their last 14 La Liga games and the north London side will have to survive an early onslaught but Barca are also without some of their stars as for the second leg with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andres Iniesta both out of contention.

My Bet of the Day would be on Arsenal coming away with a 2-1 at odds of 25/1 or a straight bet on Arsenal winning in Catalonia at 7/1. A safer, although not money spinning, bet would be on there being five or more cards shown at 10/11.

My Predictions: 1-0 to Arsenal.

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