Gunners boss expects Nasri to face Fulham

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Arsene Wenger expects Samir Nasri to be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham, but is unsure whether to hand Robin van Persie his second start of the week.

Midfielder Nasri picked up a minor knee problem after coming on as second-half substitute in the Carling Cup win over Wigan at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. With captain Cesc Fabregas still sidelined by a hamstring problem, the Frenchman provides a crucial creative spark for the Gunners who are now just two points off leaders Manchester United.

"Nasri has got a knock from Tuesday night. It is a knee problem but he should be all right. Apart from that, we do not have any fresh players injured," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "There are no other ins or out. (Abou) Diaby and (Thomas) Vermaelen are not available. Fabregas is still injured, so it will be a similar squad to the Aston Villa game."

However, Wenger admits he may have to be cautious with van Persie after the Dutchman completed 73 minutes against Wigan in what was a first start since the end of August having been sidelined by an ankle injury.

"I will see how Robin recovers (before deciding whether to start him)", said Wenger.

"I rotate a bit from game to game at the moment, so I will see - but we have quite a strong squad available."

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