By Richard Clarke

Samir Nasri is expected to be back in the Arsenal squad for the crucial clash with Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The French midfielder has been missing since the 1-0 win over Wigan on December 6 because of an ankle injury but, according to Arsène Wenger, has a “95 per cent” chance to return against Rafa Benitez’ side. On the other hand, Kolo Toure has a 95 per cent chance of missing the game because of a calf problem while Nicklas Bendtner (knee) is also a doubt.

Theo Walcott (shoulder) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon) are still out while Eduardo is not injured anymore however he is working his way back to full fitness.

“There is a 95 per cent chance that Nasri will be available against Liverpool and a five per cent chance that Kolo Toure will come back,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday.

“We also have a problem with Nicklas Bendtner, who picked up a knee injury in training. But we don’t know 100 per cent on that.”

Arsenal.com will carry more injury news after Friday’s press conference.

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview on Friday morning. In it, Wenger talks about:

  • The importance of the Liverpool game
  • Rebuilding confidence
  • The form of Kuyt and Alonso
  • The link with Alonso in the summer
  • Last season’s Champions League Quarter-Final
  • Eduardo’s comeback
  • The lack of widemen in his side right now
  • The Boardroom changes
  • Being written off in the title race
  • Be a Gooner, Be a Giver Day
Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 Dec 2008