Fabregas to miss Chelsea trip

Fabregas to miss Chelsea trip

Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at leaders Chelsea, while England Under-21 full-back Kieran Gibbs (calf) is also sidelined.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remains out, meaning Lukasz Fabianski is again set to deputise after impressing in the midweek Champions League victory at Partizan Belgrade, while midfielder Abou Diaby returns to the squad after an ankle problem.

Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Aaron Ramsey (leg), Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie (both ankle) are still absent.

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