By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will not take a “crazy gamble” on Samir Nasri’s fitness for Wednesday night’s massive Champions League tie with Barcelona.

The manager admits the midfielder is “physically ready” after spending a fortnight on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. However, with a busy schedule in four competitions, neither party wants a set-back.

“He’ll have tests,” said Wenger. “One on Monday, one on Tuesday.

“He has worked very hard in the last week. Physically he is ready, just is there a risk to have a setback.

“I will not take a crazy gamble.

“Who isn't desperate to play. But there is another game in three weeks. We also have Leyton Orient, the Carling Cup Final, we have so many games coming up it is important not to be stupid.”

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14 Feb 2011