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Match winner Nasri set to miss Fulham clash

PUBLISHED: 11:46 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:19 07 September 2010

Samir Nasri looks likely to miss Saturday s trip to Fulham on Saturday as injuries continue to dog Arsenal s start to the season, writes Jem Maidment. The midfielder pulled out of France s friendly in Sweden last night with a recurrence of the thigh strai

Samir Nasri looks likely to miss Saturday's trip to Fulham on Saturday as injuries continue to dog Arsenal's start to the season, writes Jem Maidment.

The midfielder pulled out of France's friendly in Sweden last night with a recurrence of the thigh strain that kept him out of last week's Champions League qualifier at FC Twente.

Nasri did not even last his first training session with Les Bleus at Clairefontaine before coach Raymond Domenech agreed to allow him to return to London Colney for treatment.

He is believed to have aggravated the injury during last Saturday's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Emirates, in which he scored the winner on his competitive debut inside the opening four minutes.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was delighted with his new signing's performance and said: "He has shown he is an intelligent player with a good technique, who can integrate well with the rest of the team."

"He has shown also that he can add goals to his game."

But Nasri's expected absence at Craven Cottage is a further blow for Wenger, who is also without fellow midfielders Abou Diaby and Cesc Fabregas.

Welsh teenager Aaron Ramsey could now be in line to make his full Premier League debut alongside 18-year-old Denilson in the centre of the Gunners midfield.

Another midfielder, Netherlands U-19 international Nacer Barazite, moved to Derby County on loan this week.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's only Olympian is returning home.

Alex Song was a member of the Cameroon side beaten 2-0 by Brazil in the Olympics quarter-finals.

He had previously played in a 1-0 win over Honduras and a goalless draw with Italy.

l See page 38 for more Arsenal coverage.


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