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We can cope without Fabregas - Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his young Gunners can cope without injured captain Cesc Fabregas against Celtic on Wednesday night and secure a place in the lucrative group stage of the Champions League.

Fabregas could return at Manchester United on Saturday, but before the Gunners will look to extend their 100% domestic start, there is the small matter of the return leg of their European tie, when Arsenal defend a 2-0 lead.

"I still have the personnel who can come in," the Gunners boss said ahead of the match at the Emirates. "It is another chance for (Aaron) Ramsey. It is a big season for him. However, do not forget he is only 18."

Wenger added: "I believe his target for this year, I told him before the season, is between 15 and 20 games. The way he is developing, he could get that."

Spain international Fabregas is recovering from a hamstring problem, on which scans have revealed only minor damage and puts him back in contention to return for Saturday's Barclays Premier League showdown at Manchester United.

Czech winger Tomas Rosicky is training again following his injury lay-off, and also may be included this weekend.

"Cesc's scan was quite reassuring," said Wenger. "He has no muscular strain, but it will take a few days to settle down. There is a chance he will be fit for Old Trafford."

The Arsenal manager continued: "My target is to win Wednesday's game, it's a massive game for us and after that we will see what we do for the weekend. It is not job done, it is job to do, to finish. That is how I approach it.

"Celtic have no choice - they will have to come out and have a go at us. We will be faithful to our tactical approach and will try to put them under pressure, play very high up and try to win the game."

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