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CRISIS-HIT Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is without NINE Gunners stars for crunch Champions League qualifying showdown against FC Twente.

And Cesc Fabregas will miss the first two weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.

Wenger must now take one of the biggest gambles of his career as he relies on his kids to take care of Steve McClaren's side.

Summer signing Aaron Ramsay, 17, will make his debut in Fab's absence after Arsenal jetted over to Holland last night with six teenagers in their 18-man squad.

Wenger said: “The Champions League qualifiers are our biggest games of the season — but we have left a big squad at home and I am not left with many options.

“Basically, it is a choice of a young player or an even younger one.

“As well as Fabregas we are without Toure, Senderos, Nasri, Diaby, Rosicky, Eduardo, Song and Amaury Bischoff.

“I have never known such a problematic start to a season.

“The trouble is, when you have to play Champions League qualifiers so early, you push players and they get injuries, which is what has happened.â€

Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson is waiting for a response from Arsenal after submitting an offer for 23-year-old right-back Justin Hoyte. -TheSun
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