Nasri Set To Miss Barca Game but Wenger Confirms He Won’t Buy

By on January 31, 2011

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Samir Nasri has been Arsenal’s best player this season, so Wenger must have been feeling his compatriots pain when the 23 year-old midfielder pulled up with a hamstring injury against Huddersfield in the F.A Cup. After chasing a long ball from the returning Almunia, Nasri pulled up, and every Arsenal fans’ breath was held, hoping that it would be nothing serious, and Nasri would be back to terrorise the opposition defence in a couple of short minutes. But it won’t be minutes that Arsenal will have to wait for Nasri’s return, it will be weeks.

Wenger had risked Nasri for the game, and now admits his regret at doing so, as it looks as if the injury could rule Nasri out for the next thee weeks – that is including Arsenal’s massive clash with Spanish giants Barcelona. But will Wenger buy a replacement for Nasri in the remaining day of the transfer window? Take a guess.

The Arsenal manager was reluctant to predict when Nasri would return, but had a go nevertheless:

“Nasri looks to have a serious hamstring injury. Usually it is three weeks. We have to see if it is a grade 1, it will be two weeks, so we will see. It is very difficult to predict.

“I have now regrets because the plan was to play Rosicky, but he was still too weak because he was sick, so I took the gamble on Nasri. It backfired, but he could have come on and that happened as well.

“We are at the stage of the season where we play so many games that to lose bodies is very difficult for us. But Samir is a big blow.”

Arsenal play Barcelona on the 16th February, which means that if Nasri recovers in two weeks, he could play some part at least in the Champions League match. However, if it is three weeks out that Nasri must suffer, he will certainly miss Arsenal’s biggest test of the season. It is so unlucky for Arsenal that the player who has been in such fantastically blistering form this season is the one who could miss the match that he could make such a difference in, and showcase his skills against the likes of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and so on.

A familiar quote that passes Wengers lips nowadays is:

“No, we will not sign anyone.”

He has said it again. Instead of splashing the cash on a player like Eden Hazard who has expressed his desire to play for Arsenal, Wenger will recall Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Henri Lansbury, who are currently on loan spells. This could irritate those Arsenal fans becoming more and more frustrated by the lack of movement in the transfer window, especially considering the big games coming up as Arsenal challenge for both the Premier League and Champions League in the next few games or so.

The calmer Arsenal fans with more faith in Wenger will once again respect his decision not to sign anyone in the January transfer window, and happily see the younger players step up and help to take on the big teams. Wenger has never been one for a knee-jerk reaction, but we will have to wait and see if his patience and relaxed attitude towards transfers pays off against such a good side in Barcelona without their top player in Nasri.

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9 Comments

  1. adrian

    January 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    It is patently clear to any arsenal fan that we are short in the centre back department and yet Arsene cant see it. Alex Song cant play that role any more and Squillaci is not up to the job. If the team is go through the final part of the season with only Djourou and Koscielny as established players, trouble lies that way. The back up is Miguel, who is not yet proven. I have not mentioned Vermaelen yet because we have been promised his return many times and nothing has happened. I hope it all turns out well but i am not holding my breath.

  2. jago

    January 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Not signing a centre half this window is total mismanagement from Wenger. Did he not see how poor Squillci is from yesterday’s performance. today is a defining moment in our season no signing no trophies simple!

  3. nicky

    January 31, 2011 at 10:08 am

    The answer is that AW CAN see the problem we have in defence AND with injuries. The difference is that he chooses, as manager, to deal with it in a different way to that of the fans. He sees, in a player, qualities that the rest of us DON’T see and plays him accordingly. Only until the end of the season will it be proved whether his decisions were right or wrong.

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  5. kharadonha

    January 31, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Good day Beautiful Gunners,

    I’m so down today as my team don’t show any hunger when they play on the football pitch. there’s no disire to win, no passion and from that you believe that we going nowhere. our players don’t stand up and fight for the Red & White of Arsenal colours. When players miss clear cut chances and show no regrets from that instead smile at that miss, tells us that the player don’t have to wear Arsenal Shirt again but Wenger manages the other way round. One day we’ll be bored bcoz we see same tactics and lazyness week in week out. With French defenders we going nowhere, we have all seen how poor France defence is and we opt for that poor defence to proove that Wenger only wants French players to take their cut at Arsenal’s money.

  6. Northbank-Karl

    January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

    How can any true Arsenal fan put his hand on his heart and say “our defence can hold up to the end of the season” …………….. It can’t and it won’t …. I for 1 dred to think whats going to happen when Barca come to town; when our centre backs get pulled apart by the mighty Huddersfield.
    Messi must have watched that game and been smiling his arse off because i would be ….. Vermaelen is the only top class centre back we have the rest are red cards waiting to happen.
    Squillci & Koscielny just dont cut it ……
    So if Mr Wenger thinks we don’t need to sign a top class defender i have 2 things to say to you ….. 1 .. your arrogance in the transfer market has and will cost OUR clubs not yours AGAIN…….. 2.. TAXI for WENGER …. i will even pay for it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh and before the” in AW we trust” brigade start …… 5 years as also rans has to come to a end .

  7. Femi Jacobs

    January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Dont worry, very soon it will be Wenger’s turn to be booed. When we boo him he will do otherwise. We have booed players and they are improving, when we turn to the Coach he will also improve. Its ovious that his scolachi is not defending well. From one problem to the other. Its not fair.

  8. Mohamed Zubairu

    January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I am amazed that some fans and this blog are calling on Wenger to buy someone to take the place of Nasri who will be out for two to three weeks. If that were to happen, what should Wenger do when Nasri recovers and returns? Have we forgotten that there is a peg on the number of players a club can register for the EPL? Have we forgotten that apart from the cost of purchase, there is the issue of salaries? How easy do you think it is to get someone of Nasri’s quality? Why don’t we get real and allow the manager steer us through this period? We have Wllington Silver and Ryo Miyaichi waiting to join us when they can get work permit. Right now, JET is waiting to get his chance to enter the first team. I would support the manager to give JET an opportunity to prove himself ar this time. Let him be recalled back from loan.

  9. leecrossland

    January 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I personally think there is no right answer or wrong answer. We are short at the back till the verminator reboots and returns from his winter hibernation. Djourou is our most improved player this season whereas to say Squillaci has struggled is an understatement.

    As for Nasri lets be fair, if he had not started against Huddersfield who would have got the troops going. I feel we should have Song as the ‘experienced’ head in cup games as hes tough and gritty…but back to poor Samir, he will be missed, oh he will be missed – but lest us not forget the return of R.V.P, a fresh Chamakh, an outstanding Wilshere, a scoring and fit Walcott and of course el capitan. Nasri has been our outstanding talent but our frailties lie at the back of our lines.

    3-4 weeks will pass. The transfer window will be a distant memory. All gooners will be itching for the Carling cup final, the Barcelona second leg, a cup tie against Leyton Orient and checking to see how close we are to taking top spot in the league…Even without Sammy we will still be in 4 competitions…

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