By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger says Samir Nasri will make Arsenal tick in Barcelona.
The manager says his French midfielder will fill Cesc Fabregas' boots at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night after the captain was ruled out for the rest of the domestic season with a cracked fibula.
“He [Nasri] will of course be important because he will lead our game," said Wenger.
“I would love Cesc to be there 100 per cent. But we have no choice, we have to compensate a little bit.
"I have to find a good balance in the side to make life difficult for Barcelona. But of course Nasri is one of the players who can create."
Arsenal's medical team are currently treating seven injured first-team stars. Wenger opted to rest a further four regulars on Saturday and says any more injuries could seriously damage the Gunners in the final weeks of the season.
"The problem we have at the moment is that we are short," he said. "We rested Abou Diaby, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner [against Wolves].
"We have Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas, Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin out. Can you believe that? That’s eight players. Any injury now can hit us very hard."