Gunners suffer Euro blow
Arsenal will be without Samir Nasri and Mikael Silvestre for their Champions League opener.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 16/09/08 5:14pm
Arsenal will be without Samir Nasri and Mikael Silvestre for their UEFA Champions League opener on Wednesday.
The duo have failed to shake off injuries in time to join their team-mates on a tricky trip to face Dynamo Kiev.
Nasri sat out the Gunners' weekend win at Blackburn with a knee problem, while Silvestre is yet to recover from a thigh strain which has prevented him from making his debut for the club.
While Arsene Wenger will be forced to cope without the guile and experience of his French duo, he has been bolstered by the news that Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue are both fit for the European encounter.
The pair had been doubts ahead of the journey to the Ukrainian capital, but have been included in Wenger's travelling party.
That means the Gunners have made just one change to the squad which secured a comprehensive 4-0 success at Ewood Park on Saturday, with Mexican striker Carlos Vela taking the place of youngster Kieran Gibbs.