Samir Nasri Hamstring Injury May Sideline Winger For 'Two To Three Weeks'

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Arsenal Lose Their Attacking Centrepiece - The Short Fuse

Over at the Short Fuse, SB Nation's Arsenal blog, you might expect things to be a little subdued despite their team's 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town and subsequent advancement to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Firstly, they didn't play particularly well and were lucky not to lose or draw against an opponent two leagues their lessor, but secondly - and far more importantly - they're about to get a taste of what life without Samir Nasri is like after the midfielder picked up a serious hamstring injury in the first half of today's match. And they don't like that at all:

Nasri, of course, has been at the center of much of Arsenal's success this year, scoring fabulous goals against Fulham and Manchester City.  He is scoring goals at a tremendous rate and providing smooth passing interchanges with Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, and Theo Walcott in Arsenal's best attacking four.  His loss will have a big impact on Arsenal's next few weeks, where they have matches against Everton, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, and Barcelona.

That's some understated grief, but reading between the lines tells you that there's a very real fear that this could have a major impact on Arsenal's ability to challenge for the Premier League title as well as cutting deep into their chances of pulling off a stunning upset against Barcelona in the Champions League.

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Samir Nasri Hamstring Injury May Sideline Winger For 'Two To Three Weeks'

Although Arsenal may have won their fourth round FA Cup match against Huddersfield Town at the Emirates today, they suffered a major blow when Samir Nasri limped off the pitch chasing a long punt from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia shortly after Nicklas Bentdner had given the Gunners their first lead of the day. Nasri was immediately hauled out of the game and substituted for Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, the first sign that Arsenal weren't going to have it all their way against their humble guests.

First impressions indicated that it was probably a hamstring injury, and that's now been confirmed, and it looks like the winger will be out for a few weeks, per Jamie Sanderson's twitter feed:

Samir Nasri is expected to be out for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Arsene Wenger later confirmed this news in a press conference, calling the problem a 'serious injury' and forecasting three weeks out. Obviously, that's not great news for Arsenal, who now face a series of tricky matches without their most influential attacking player. Nasri had been in fine form for the Gunners, scoring nine goals in twenty league games so far this season, and his loss represents a big blow as Wenger's side attempt to chase down high-flying Manchester United for the Premier League crown.

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