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Wenger hopes for Nasri boost

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Arsene Wenger is hoping Arsenal's medical staff give him a major boost by declaring Samir Nasri fit for the Champions League visit of Barcelona on Wednesday.

The France midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup fifth round match against Huddersfield and has been on the sidelines for the last two weeks. He is the club's top scorer in all competitions with 14 and would significantly raise their hopes of toppling the side Wenger rates as the best in the world.

"I would say he has a chance (of facing Barcelona)," said Wenger. "He has tests, one tomorrow (Monday) and one on Tuesday. I will not take a crazy gamble but physically he has worked very hard; physically he is ready. It is just if there is a risk of a setback or not."

Asked if the 23-year-old was eager to face the La Liga giants, Wenger added: "Who isn't? But we have the Carling Cup final too... we have so many big games it is important not to be stupid as well."

Wenger opted to ease Robin van Persie back from his injury problems and has been rewarded in some style by the Holland striker.

He has now scored 11 times since the turn of the year and Wenger believes his rich vein of form could be important to Arsenal in midweek.

"It took him some time to get back to good form. We used him well, not rushing him back," he said.

"He was getting back to his best and he is at his best.

"We go into the Barcelona game in better shape than last season and Robin is part of that. We had many uncertainties last year and now the team has more confidence. We have matured better. We can compete better with them technically."

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