With the start of the Premier League season looming, two of Arsenal’s star players are facing a race to be fit for the Gunners opener against Liverpool.
World Cup finalists Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie both look likely to miss the trip to Anfield on Sunday through injury.
And to compound Arsene Wenger’s misery, Fabregas has to travel to Mexico on Wednesday for an international friendly with World and European champions Spain.
Wenger admitted: “They are a lot behind. Cesc goes to Mexico and will not be able to practice, and comes back on Thursday night or Friday, so we will have to see.
“As for Van Persie I think he will be short as well,” the Frenchman added, intimating that Van Persie will not make it despite missing out on Holland’s friendly against Ukraine.
Despite an early set back, the Arsenal manager believes his side will be able to knock their injury curse on the head and challenge for their first Premier League title in seven seasons.
The North London side have struggled to keep up with the fast pace set by Chelsea and Manchester United, finishing outside the top two for the past five years.
Having kept faith with his young stars, Wenger believes now is their time, saying: “I believe we have a good chance.
“The most important thing is that we have that belief. We finished third last season, so we have two stairs to climb and I am confident that we can do it.”
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