Arsenal news – Nasri injured, Orient test, Bendtner expects cup success

Orient test.

Arsenal will travel to Leyton Orient in the fifth round of the FA Cup following the Gunner’ 2-1 win over Huddersfield at the Emirates on Sunday.

The north-London side progressed to the next round after a Cesc Fabregas penalty put the Gunners back in front after Alan Lee equalised a Peter Clarke own goal.

Leyton Orient will host the Gunners on February 19 after the League One side achieved a 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday.

The O’s have so far disposed of Dagenham & Redbridge, Droylsden, Norwich and Swansea in the FA Cup and will be the third lower league side to play Arsenal in a cup competition this season.

Nasri injured.

Samir Nasri suffered a hamstring injury in the first-half of Arsenal’s FA Cup tie against Huddersfield which is expected to keep him out of the Gunners’ Champions League first-leg against Barcelona.

Nasri pulled up after 33 minutes with a tightened hamstring and will undergo scans to determine the extent of his injury but it is expected the Frenchman will be out for at least three weeks, forcing him to miss the first-leg of his side’s Champions League tie against the Spanish champions.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-1 victory against Huddersfield, Wenger said he is expecting the worst: “Nasri looks [to have] a serious hamstring injury and usually it is three weeks. If it is a grade one [tear], it can be two weeks. It is a big blow. How big, I don’t know. The results will tell but it is a big blow. Will he miss Barcelona? Put three weeks on and you will know. I think yes.”

Bendtner expects cup success.

Nicklas Bendtner believes a victory in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham City will lead to Arsenal collecting more trophies in the near future and that the side could complete a quadruple of trophies this season.

The Gunners face Birmingham in the cup final on February 27 and the north London side are still in the running for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League this season. The Dane is convinced that as soon as Arsenal end their trophy drought, which has so far lasted six years, they will go on to achieve more success.

Speaking to the 23-yaer-old striker said: “If we do win the Carling Cup it will certainly boost our confidence to go on and win more silverware.

“Winning all four trophies is possible but I don’t look so much into the future. I just focus on the next game. Winning one trophy would be great but two would be better! But first of all we need to win the Carling Cup.”

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