Arsene Wenger on Samir Nasri’s injury and Sebastien Squillaci’s red card
Written by Renzo on January 31, 2011 4:45
Despite reaching the fifth round of the F.A. Cup after a hard-fought win over Huddersfield Town, it was not a good day for the Gunners as they are set to miss midfielder Samir Nasri for three weeks.
Asked about the injury suffered by the Frenchman, manager Arsene Wenger admitted it could be a “serious hamstring injury” which could keep the 23-year old out for a maximum of three weeks. The youngster will undergo a set of tests on Sunday evening to determine how serious the problem is with the Arsenal boss admitting it is a big blow for his side.
With the Champions League against Barcelona fast approaching, Wenger added how there is a possibility for the midfielder to miss the game and how missing key players at this stage of the season is very difficult to accept.
On Sebastien Squillaci’s red card, sent off in the 41st minute of the game, the manager concluded by saying that it was harsh as it was not easy to determine whether it was a goalscoring opportunity or not.
After Huddersfield, Wenger said:
Nasri looks to have a serious hamstring injury. Usually it is three weeks [out], we have to see if it is a Grade One [strain] because that can be two [weeks]. It is a big blow, how big I do not know because the results in the future will tell, but it is a big blow. Put three weeks to today’s game and you will know [if he misses the Barcelona game]. I think yes.
I have regrets now, yes, because the plan was first to play Rosicky but he was still too weak because he was sick. So I took the gamble on Nasri and it back-fired but he could have come on and because it was after 25 or 30 minutes it could have happened as well if he comes on.
It is difficult to predict but of course we are at the stage of the season that we play so many games that to lose bodies is very difficult for us.
I found [the red card] harsh but you can give it or not give it. It was a foul, it didn’t look to me like an obvious goalscoring opportunity. Is he the last man? I am not sure as well. But I feared the red card and unfortunately he gave what I feared.