Fabregas doubt for Porto clash

Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for Arsenal’s Champions League last 16

second leg against Porto.

Fabregas opened the scoring in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over

Burnley on Saturday but had to be substituted shortly afterwards.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: “He has a hamstring problem and

how big the damage is we don’t know yet because it’s too early.

“We have to make a late decision over whether he plays on

Tuesday, certainly. It is the same hamstring [he hurt earlier in

the season].”

Arsenal must overturn at 2-1 deficit from the first leg

against the Portuguese side.

Wenger also hailed the performance of Theo Walcott.

The winger came in for criticism after his performance for

England in midweek, but responded with an impressive display and

the crucial second goal to put Arsenal back in front after David

Nugent’s equaliser.

Wenger said: “Theo Walcott gave you the great response you

waited for.

“He does what a player has to do – not talk in the newspapers

and let your performance talk on the pitch.

“He didn’t answer any critics other than with a good

performance today and that’s what you want from a player. That

shows he is mentally strong.

“I was quite sure he would respond with a good performance

but you never know, it affects you when you get criticised. The way

he answered that at his age is remarkable.”