Wenger hails 'asset' Nasri
Arsene Wenger believes Samir Nasri can become an 'important asset' in the coming weeks.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 28/10/09 12:18pm
Arsene Wenger believes Samir Nasri can be an 'important asset' in the coming weeks having recently recovered from injury.
The Frenchman is yet to feature this term having fractured his leg during a pre-season training camp in Austria.
The midfielder was an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw at West Ham at the weekend but could start in the Carling Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Wenger will welcome the timely return of Nasri with Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott both struggling for fitness having suffered respective knocks.
"We had great expectations for him this season, but unfortunately he got injured in the first day of the training camp and we haven't seen him since," he told Arsenal TV.
"But what is good for him is he is fresh, he has prepared well and he can be an important asset in the coming weeks."
Wenger also highlighted that Nasri gives him options in a variety of positions but is thinking of using him as a deep lying midfielder, where he was deployed at times last season, despite learning his trade as a more attacking player at former club Marseille.
"Basically I can play him where he is needed," he added. "I would say more in the defensive role, but because he can dribble he can play on the flanks.
"Nasri has pace and he can play in a role that is half a winger, a dropped winger who will come in sometimes, can go wide, so of course it has to be balanced and maybe with a striker on the other side sometimes."
Meanwhile the Gunners boss has a decision to make regarding the goalkeeping position.
Lukasz Fabianski has now recovered from knee surgery and is set to make his first appearance of the season against Liverpool.
Wenger has stuck with rookie Vito Mannone in recent games despite number one Manuel Almunia recovering from illness but Wenger admits he has some thinking to do before he decides on his number one.
"It is a delicate choice but I will make a decision I think is right," he stated.
"I kept Vito in because we won the games, it is as simple as that."