Arsenal's midfield maestro Samir Nasri has been ruled out for three weeks following a hamstring injury received during the Arsenal's FA Cup match against Huddersfield.
The injury was not caused by any of the Huddersfield players, rather just a natural occurrence as the Frenchman chased a long goal kick from Manuel Almunia.
The news comes at the worst possible time for Arsenal as they face a tough Champions League match against Barcelona on the 16th of February. Nasri will be available for the return fixture under a month later, but the news will still be a big blow for the club's fans.
Arsenal are not only fighting on the Champions League front though, as they still remain in contention for the FA Cup, Carling Cup and Premier League titles.
The loss of Nasri, who has arguably been Arsenal's star player so far this year, will also come as a problem in the club's chase to secure all three domestic trophies.
The Carling Cup final is due to be held at the end of February, and while it is expected that Nasri will have returned by then, he will no doubt have lower fitness than the club would have liked.
Arsene Wenger explained that "Nasri looks to have a serious hamstring injury. Usually it is three weeks. We have to see if it is a grade one, if so, it will be two weeks, so we will see."
He then went on to add, "I now have regrets because the plan was to play Rosicky, but he was still too weak because he was sick, so I took the gamble on Nasri. It backfired, but he could have come on and that happened as well. It is very difficult to predict. We are at the stage of the season where we play so many games that to lose bodies is very difficult for us. But Samir is a big blow."
Arsenal still have a squad strong enough to put up a fight in all the competitions that they remain in, but the influence and style that Samir Nasri has played with this season means that the club will still feel a void while he is unavailable.
Luckily for the club, they face no title-defining games over the next month in the chase for the Premier League title. Although every game is no doubt important, Nasri will have returned in time for the club's most important clashes against Manchester United and Liverpool.
Arsenal will now have to face Everton, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Barcelona and possibly Stoke City without the help of their French midfield maestro.
It remains to be seen if the club can maintain their momentum without their star player, especially at the most important time of the season.
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