Nasri returns for Carling Cup clash with Liverpool

Samir Nasri looks set to make his comeback tonight in the Carling Cup clash against Liverpool at the Emirates, claims this morning’s papers.
The Sun says the Arsenal ace is finally ready to make his first start of the campaign after he broke his right leg at the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria and has spent more than three months on the sidelines.
He said: “I feel good. I was a little bit tired but I am so happy to be back on the pitch. It has been difficult but I was always looking for a speedy recovery.
“I knew it would be hard but everyone was behind me and helping me.”
The France midfielder has suffered a hellish year, catching meningitis then breaking a fibula.
He added: “It’s the first serious injury I’ve had. Two years ago in Marseilles I twisted my ankle but it was not bad like this one. I was also sick when I had meningitis, so that was bad. But this is the first time I have broken a bone in my body.”
Arsene Wenger has his say on Naaasri in the Daily Mail: Wenger hinted last night that Nasri may have to adapt to a midfield role he did not impress in last season as a result.
‘I can play him where needed,’ said the manager. ‘I would say more defensive but, because he can dribble, he can play on the flanks. He had a great first season and we have great expectations for him this season. What is good for him is he is fresh. He has prepared well and he can be an important asset in the coming weeks.’
The Telegraph reports that alongside Nasri, Wenger intends to include other more experienced players who are short of first-team football, meaning Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo, Mikaël Silvestre and Philippe Senderos are all likely to start.
With Denilson, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky injured, Nasri’s return is timely, particularly as he can play in any of the midfield positions in Wenger’s 4-2-3-1 formation, says the paper.
With so many senior players returning, it will all mean less exposure for Arsenal’s famed youngsters tonight, although Carlos Vela, Kieran Gibbs, Sanchez Watt, Fran Mérida and Aaron Ramsey are likely to be involved.
Jack Wilshere is unavailable following an injury to his ankle, while Armand Traoré has a groin strain.
Meanwhile, it seems one player not getting a game is Mauel Almunia. According to the Daily Mirror.
The paper says Almunia has been handed another ‘amazing snub’ by Arsene AW.
The Gunners boss has left Almunia fearing for his future after overlooking the Spanish keeper for tonight’s Carling Cup clash and handing Lukasz Fabianski a chance.
Almunia, 32, was relegated below Italian rookie Vito Mannone and left on the bench for Arsenal’s last three games despite recovering from a chest infection which had kept him out for a month.
The paper adds that Almunia was hoping to face Liverpool, get a game under his belt and then prove his fitness to regain his place for Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham.
But Wenger picking fit-again Fabianksi, 24, is another sign that Almunia may have lost his status as Arsenal’s automatic first choice.
When asked whether it is now a straight fight between all the keepers for the No.1 jersey, Wenger said: “For sure. It is a delicate choice but I will make a decision I think is right.
“I kept Vito in because we won the games – it is as simple as that. But Fabianski is back. He gets a game as well.”

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