Samri Nasri and Jack Wilshere will definitely not participate in the Champions League qualifier against Udinese this week. Nasri told Wenger that he did not want to become cup-tied and jeopardize his transfer to Manchester City.
While Nasri’s absences was more or less expected Wilshere’s status is a disappointment. Wilshere is suffering from an ankle injury and has not trained with the squad this morning. It was hoped that he would have healed in time and he is not expected to travel to Italy with his team-mates.
On the bright side of things Song, Gervinho and Van Persie are all back in the side which will hopefully results in more converted chances than in the first game.
Still, the situation highlights how important it is to bring in new players because it’s criminal to let a big club like Arsenal be in a situation where they are relying on such young players to carry them through to the biggest competition in Europe.