Should Samir Nasri face Liverpool tomorrow?

By Avenell Dave

The last thing you want early in the season is to lose a game, especially against one of your biggest rivals.

The second last thing you want is to have to go into afore-mentioned game giving one or two youngsters their debuts.

How will they cope? How will they perform?

The problem Arsene Wenger has is that he has lost the player around whom Project Youth was based and he is about to lsoe another who I expect he hoped to remain at the club until his dotage.

Losing Gervinho and Alex Song needlessly when the squad is so stretched already has made it all the more difficult for Le Boss.

It's all of his own making, of course, you might say, but the fact remains that in this day and age the top top players who many Addicts have spent the summer yearning for will only commit when the club has guaranteed Champions League football.

Of course there may be an element that the club, be that Wenger or the board, don't want to spend mega money on players if we're in the Europa League, although you could argue that we'll need them anyway just to stay in the hunt for the top four.

But the situation, troubling as it is, gives us all an opportunity to see what some of these youngsters are made of.

Liverpool have signed some decent and some indifferent players this summer and will be a handful, but they hardly caught the eye last weekend against Sunderland and we have a chance if we perform to our best.

A lot will ride on Emmanuel Frimpong, who needs to give an energetic and disciplined account of himself anchoring the midfield. Runs into the Liverpool box are not ideal given the otherwise adventurous element to our line-up.

Andrey Arshavin has a great record against Liverpool and has to start after being rested in midweek, but the big question surrounds Samir Nasri.

Now I for one am convinced that much of the Wenger comments that both Nasri and Cesc would stay was an attempt to play the bluff of City and Barca and force them to take action.

That may still be the case, but if we haven't completed the deal by tomorrrow, he has to play.

There's an undercurrent of scepticism around the entire club at present and playing someone who is clearly looking to leave and so is not committed is a gamble.

Will the fans boo him from the start and will he go into tackles with quite the ferocity required because of his impending move and not wanting to risk an injury?

But we need all the experience we can get, and although I don't believe Nasri is as great as he thinks he is, we certainly need him to perform tomorrow to give us a chance.

It would be tempting of course to play Ryo Miyaichi from the start, an unknown quantity for both us and the opposition, but would it be too much in such a big game?

I'd rather bring Ryo on when legs are tired and see him roast the fullbacks.

With Kieran Gibbs out again, I didn't think we had any choice but to play Johann Djourou in the middle and Thomas Vermaelen at left back. Playing Carl Jenkinson would be a risk even if he did had a solid game on Tuesday.

But with the Swiss out, we have no choice but to play the former Charlton defender.

It's going to be tough and I know a lot of fans will turn up more out of fear than expectation, but we have to believe or there's no point.

We're Supporters - let's get behind The Arsenal.

Addict XI


Sagna Djourou Vermaelen Jenkinson

Ramsey Frimpong Nasri

Walcott RvP Arshavin