By AVI CREDITOR
Arsenal is one result away from stunning Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. In order to pull that off, the Gunners will have to do so without Robin Van Persie.
The oft-injured Dutch striker picked up a knee injury in Sunday's Carling Cup final that will keep him out for the next three weeks, according to reports out of England. Arsenal will also be without Theo Walcott, who was previously ruled out for the match with a sprained ankle.
The injury news isn't all bad for Arsenal, though, as Cesc Fabregas has had his hamstring's status upgrade significantly, and he is no longer a definite "out" for next Tuesday's second leg at Camp Nou. It was thought that the former Barcelona academy product would have to miss the match, but manager Arsene Wenger said Fabregas "is looking possible" to suit up after all.
Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:
JOSEPH SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ARREST
New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph has spoken out about his arrest, which caused him to be sent home from the team's training camp in Orlando last week.
According to police documents reviewed by the Boston Herald, Joseph and Revolution defender Kevin Alston were kicked out of their team hotel after being involved at a party that registered a noise complaint. When Joseph failed to leave in a timely manner, he was arrested for trespassing.
Joseph told the Herald's Kyle McCarthy, "The situation is that I didn't do anything. Somebody yelled at me in a voice I didn't like, the way I was being talked to. He was kind of talking down to me and he was being very racist. I talked back to him and we got into a yelling match. I ended up on the wrong side of it."
MLS is reportedly investigating the situation before taking any potential disciplinary action.
RUIZ SCORES IN UNION FRIENDLY
Carlos Ruiz wasted little time in getting on the board for the Philadelphia Union, netting the team's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Ergotelis FC in Greece.
Ruiz finished off a cross from Justin Mapp to open the scoring in the 27th minute. The Union nursed the lead until the 88th, when Ergotelis converted a penalty kick with rookie keeper Zac MacMath in net.
BORDEAUX REJECTS COACH'S RESIGNATION
Manager Jean Tigana had his submission for resignation rejected by French club Bordeaux, which currently sits in 10th place in Ligue 1.
Tigana, who replaced current France coach Laurent Blanc last May, claimed that he thought he was holding the club back but is now more motivated to succeed after having his request denied.
Do you see Arsenal holding off Barcelona without Van Persie and Walcott? What's your opinion of Joseph's arrest? How many goals do you see Ruiz scoring for the Union this season? Where do you see Bordeaux winding up in Ligue 1?
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