Wenger: Cesc still affected by injury

Fabregas has been hampered by a hamstring problem this season and

missed last week’s Champions League defeat away to Shakhtar Donetsk

with the injury. He returned for Sunday’s Premier League game

against Newcastle, but the midfielder produced a fitful performance

in the surprise 1-0 home defeat. Gunners boss Wenger feels Fabregas

is being held back by the injury, saying: “Cesc, I think, still

played a little bit restricted. “He has no real pain, but is still

a bit affected I feel, it is still there in his head.” Robin van

Persie made his comeback as a second-half substitute against

Newcastle after two months out with an ankle injury and Wenger

acknowledged the striker is not yet fully fit. He added: “It is a

plus, but you can see he is not ready. We pushed him in too early

because I had to do something. “You saw it was very difficult for

us to score a goal and there is always a set-piece or a cross or a

pass where he can make a difference.” Wenger will also assess the

fitness of Samir Nasri ahead of Wednesday’s game at Wolves after

the midfielder was replaced early in the second half against the

Magpies. The Arsenal manager commented: “Samir has a calf problem

that will be assessed tomorrow (Monday). We think it is small.”