Arsenal v Udinese;
Champions League qualifier, first leg;
Tuesday, 16th August; 1945 KO
LIVE TEAM SHEET
Arsenal: Lehmann; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Eboue; Gibbs, Rosicky, Walcott, Ramsey, Song; Chamakh.
SUBS: Fabianski, Djourou, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Frimpong, Bendtner.
Cesc Fabregas believes the Arsenal midfield has been left in capable hands following his own departure from the club.
The Spanish international moved to Barcelona for a fee that could rise to as much as £40 million yesterday, but in his opening address at the Catalan club he was quick to jump to the defence of Arsene Wenger.
After eight years with the Gunners, Fabregas has developed into a world-class player under the tutelage of the Frenchman, and he's confident both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey can follow in his footsteps.
"I've seen Aaron for three years and Jack for two-and-a-half years. Jack will be the next England captain in a few years, that's not even a question," Fabregas stated.
"You don't have to be a magician to know that he's got the capacity to dribble, to pass, he will go on to become a top player of the future. There's not even a question about that.
"Aaron has done unbelievable and he will get better with his final ball. He'll become the next big star at Arsenal. Jack and Aaron are the future, and they will do so well because they are competitive and they are winners. They will be amazing for the club."
Both youngsters turned to Twitter to wish their former club captain all the best on his return to the Nou Camp, a move which comes less than 48 hours before Arsenal face Udinese in a crucial Champions League qualifier at the Emirates Stadium.
The pair will now be crucial to any future successes at the club, but they will be fighting for trophies without one of their finest role models.
"Good luck to my friend @cesc4official at barca! Very sad to see him leave, learnt alot from him! great role model! Best of luck mate," tweeted Wilshere.