Gunners trio set for Bridge return
PUBLISHED: 17:09 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 07 September 2010
Arsenal could be boosted by the return of three players for Sunday s Premier League trip to Chelsea, writes Jem Maidment. Arsene Wenger says Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri have all been pencilled in for a run-out at Stamford Bridge – but
Arsenal could be boosted by the return of three players for Sunday's Premier League trip to Chelsea, writes Jem Maidment.
Arsene Wenger says Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri have all been pencilled in for a run-out at Stamford Bridge - but a further six first-team players remain out injured.
Speaking after Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, which confirmed qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Arsenal manager said: "We'd hope three of the nine injured players we have will be candidates to play at Chelsea.
"Sagna, Nasri and Adebayor might be fit, but all three are only 50-50, so we must hope their rehabilitation continues."
New club skipper Cesc Fabregas set up substitute Nicklas Bendtner's 87th minute winner against the Ukrainian champions to take the heat off under-fire Wenger.
The manager praised 21-year-old Fabregas on a mature display in Arsenal's 50th Champions League victory.
"He was very good, he was focused for 90 minutes and he worked hard both offensively and defensively," said Wenger.
"It was not easy in midfield because they closed us down very well there. I expected Kiev to drop a little bit in the second half but they didn't and overall I think Cesc had a very good game."
And he was impressed with the Spaniard's quickly-taken free-kick which released Bendtner for the winner - the Gunners' 150th goal in the competition.
"It was a fantastic ball first from Fabregas, good control from Bendtner and a fine finish. Nicklas has been a bit disturbed recently with a lack of confidence, but that will help turn that around."
The Gunners travel to Porto next month needing only a point to finish top of Group G.
Dynamo coach Yuri Semin said his side could not have done any more. "The result is the result and we cannot change that," he said. "They scored one more goal and won the game.
"The players were well prepared for this game, they did their tasks very well and they followed our strategy. I couldn't ask for any more.