Nasri in, quartet out
Nasri is understood to be on the verge of completing a move to Manchester City, but Wenger has claimed he could feature at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. "Nasri is in the squad tomorrow and is available to be picked," Wenger said.
Asked if he would hesitate to play him, Wenger replied: "Not at all, because one thing I don't question is his commitment to this club. Every day since he has arrived here, every day in pre-season, he has worked with a fantastic spirit in training."
Reacting to the fact a number of supports sang offensive songs about Nasri at Newcastle last week, he added: "You have to be careful. We live in a modern democracy where everybody has a right to have their opinion, but it does not mean always that a few opinions represent the majority.
"The unfortunate thing is that the extreme opinions get more media attention than people who have normal common sense and intelligence. Because a few people have a bad opinion of one person, it does not necessarily represent the majority of our fans. The majority of our fans are behind our players and I think they will show that tomorrow."
Arsenal, though, have a number of players unavailable. "We have Song and Gervinho suspended," he said. "Diaby and Wilshere are injured. Djourou and Traore will not be available and Gibbs will not be available. We will give Tomas a rest tomorrow. It is not a bad injury and he should be back with us on Monday but he is rested tomorrow.
"Apart from that, the morale is strong and the belief is strong. I believe we have had a decent start."
The loss of Gibbs and Traore leaves Arsenal short in defence, but Wenger said: "We still have options at left-back. We have Vermaelen, Sagna, Jenkinson."
Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi is included in the squad for the first time after he was granted a work permit. "He came back from Japan yesterday and is in the squad," Wenger said.
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