Insights from the UK and beyond
from Reuters Soccer Blog:
Arsenal hitman Robin van Persie injured himself while scoring against Birmingham City in the League Cup final on Sunday and will now miss his team's last 16 second leg clash against Barcelona on March 8. Not good news for theΒ Gunners.
However, beat Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Manchester United, and keep the pressure up on their great rivals in the Premier League who have just lost to Chelsea, and there are still honours to be won.
But the Champions League? Without Van Persie, who scored against Barca in the first leg, the London club are a bit thin on the attacking front.
That said, Marouane Chamakh remained upbeat after the galling last minute defeat on Sunday, and the Morocco international could be just the man to fill the void.