Date: 15th August 2008 at 3:48pm
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The absence of 7 players mainly due to injury means that Kolo Toure is to be pressed into action while still short of fitness. Along with new recruit Samir Nasri he will be made available for the opening premier league game against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

Arsene Wenger said today ‘Kolo is still short, but because we have so many injuries I have to rush him a little bit. So compared to Wednesday night, Nasri and Kolo are back in the squad.’

This should enable us to add a little more experience to a very young midfield that struggled to impose itself in the first half of the CL encounter earlier this week. It has yet to be seen whether this might mean Djourou being deployed in central midfield which Wenger apparently contemplated for the CL qualifier prior to Senderos being ruled out due to a hamstring injury sustained in training.

Arsene seemingly has no reservations about Nasri’s ability to make an impact telling the clubs website:

“He is doing very well. He is an intelligent boy and that is always a very good ingredient. When you are intelligent in life and with talent, you always have a chance.

For me he is a player who has a good engine, good technique and vision. He can play the final ball which we like here. He has the technical level to go into any combination and is very mobile.

We believe he has the ingredients to fit into our game. He can replace Alex Hleb in the build-up of the game, in the creation of the chances, and he is very versatile. He is also very young, the same age as Cesc Fabregas. We now have a very young generation which can develop together.

I expect he will fit well into our collective game and that he expresses a good attitude, is very ambitious and fights very hard for the team.”

Samir should get the chance to show what he can do tomorrow.



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