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Samir Nasri out for month as Arsenal face crisis

Arsenal suffered the latest in series of injury problems yesterday when it was revealed that Samir Nasri will be out of action for around a month with a knee problem.

Arsene Wenger's team started the new Premier League campaign at Liverpool on Sunday with an already depleted squad but managed to salvage 1-1 draw. However, Wenger must also now do without the versatile Nasri for probably the next five games, which also include the start of the Champions League campaign in mid-September.

A club statement read: “Samir Nasri will today undergo minor surgery on his knee following a meniscal injury sustained during the match against Liverpool on Sunday. Nasri, who has been in impressive form, will be out of action for a month.”

The Arsenal manager, meanwhile, must also make a decision on his goalkeeper. Manuel Almunia, whose position as No 1 has come under the spotlight, captained the side at Liverpool, but the Spaniard admits he would consider his future were the club to sign experienced competition such as Fulham's Mark Schwarzer or possibly Shay Given of Manchester City.

The former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman believes Schwarzer would be an improvement on both Almunia and his deputy Lukasz Fabianski. “Both Almunia and Fabianski did not end the season well,” said Seaman. “They both made mistakes in high-profile games that effectively cost them the chance of some silverware.

“It means if the quality of someone like Mark Schwarzer becomes available, then Arsene needs to look at him.

“He is a great player, tried and tested and can make saves that win you games.”

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