"Arsenal expect their worst fears to be confirmed on Tuesday when skipper Cesc Fabregas undergoes a scan to determine the extent of the damage to his injured hamstring."
The Daily Mail is making a story from horse shite. The truth is that Arsenal don't expect anything, they simply don't know whether Cesc will be out for a few days or a few weeks. As Arsene explained after the game we will not know whether it is a minor tear of scar tissue or a bigger muscular tear until Cesc has had his scan, hence Arsenal are expecting nothing, it is simply unknown at the current time. The Mail is making column inches out of rumour and conjecture, this is hardly high brow journalism is it?
Elsewhere I found Goodplaya's match report pretty much spot on, the way in which some people have simply called the Villa game 'the Cesc show' is definitely a little bit short sighted. In the last couple of seasons Villa have come to the Emirates and looked as good a side as us for long periods, they have at times out battled us in the midfield area. Yesterday this did not happen, maybe the loss of Barry made a bit of the difference, certainly the development of Song and Diaby was instrumental, but overall we ran the show in midfield and for most of the game this was without Cesc. Obviously I'm not wishing to denounce the importance of Cesc, he is such a gifted talisman for us, but it was a team performance yesterday, and this was the key, on so many occasions last season we didn't look like a cohesive unit as we did against Villa. We need to keep the old feet on the ground though, three points against Pompey is vital if we are to keep the momentum going.