Last night Arsenal qualified for the 5th round of the FA Cup by beating Huddersfield Town but it came at the expense of Nasri’s injury and Squillaci getting suspended for three domestic games.
After the match, Wenger confirmed that Nasri is going to be out for at least two weeks due to a hamstring injury and admitted that it is a big blow at this stage of the season. He also confessed that he took a gamble in playing him ahead of Rosicky. He further added that losing players now, with so many games ahead, makes it difficult for the team overall.
With the knock out stages of the Champions League just round the corner, Wenger also admitted that there is a possibility that Nasri will go on to miss the match against Barcelona.
On Nasri’s injury,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.”
Regarding Squillaci’s red card, Wenger said that it was a harsh decision but admitted he feared a red card to be flashed.
However, Wenger added that Squillaci’s suspension won’t affect the transfer plans. Wenger explained that with three games in a week, Squillaci is only going to miss a week of football. He also confirmed that he isn’t close to signing anyone before the deadline.
On Squillaci’s suspension and new signings, Wenger said:
“I found it 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.
Not more, not less, because it’s three games. For us it’s good because we play three games in a week so it is only one week [that he will be out]. No [I am not likely to sign anyone before the deadline], I leave these headlines to all the other clubs, but at the moment no. I cannot tell you definitely because someone might knock at my door in the morning and says ‘I would like to play for you’ and he is a good player because I would sign him!”