Gunners name Cesc and Nasri

Transfer-linked Arsenal pair in CL squad to face Udinese

Last Updated: 10/08/11 8:19am

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Transfer-linked Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have been included in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League squad to face Udinese.

Intense speculation has raged all summer that Barcelona target Fabregas and contract rebel Nasri are both are set to leave Emirates Stadium.

But the Gunners have named both midfielders in their 25-man A-list for this month's two-legged play-off round tie.

The Emirates Stadium plays host to the first leg next Tuesday, before the return in Italy on 24th August.

Were captain Fabregas or Nasri to feature in the contest, they would be cup-tied if they were then to complete respective moves to the Catalans and Manchester City.

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That would seriously reduce their value to their potential new employers, who would be reluctant to pay huge fees for the players.

Nasri is suspended for the first leg against Udinese, but will be available for the second leg eight days later.

Fabregas can play next Tuesday and his inclusion in the squad may force Barca to speed up their efforts to bring him back to Camp Nou.

City could elect to bide their time with Nasri, although reports suggest they are close to breaking Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's resistance to selling the France star, whose contract expires next summer.

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