Emirates duo set for European competition despite possible moves.
Arsenal have included both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in their Champions League sqaud for the qualifier with Udinese next week.
The midfielders have been named in the 25-man ‘A-list’ for the two-legged clash despite intense speculation both are set to leave the Emirates Stadium.
If either 24-year-old were to feature in either leg they would be cup-tied if they completed respective moves to Barcelona and Manchester City.
That would reduce their value as the clubs would be reluctant to pay high transfer fees if they were unable to play in Europe’s premier competition.
Nasri is suspended for the first leg against Udinese, which takes place a week today, but will be available for the second leg eight days later.
Fabregas can play next Tuesday and his inclusion in the squad may force Barca to speed up their efforts to bring him back to the Nou Camp.
City could elect to bide their time with Nasri, but reports suggest they are close to breaking Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s resistance to selling the France star, whose contract expires next summer.
Wenger and striker Robin van Persie are also suspended for the home leg against Udinese following the Gunners elimination in the round-of-16 last season by Barcelona.
Arsenal included Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on its ‘A-list’ just hours after completing the purchase of the 17-year-old winger from Southampton for £12million.
Wenger extended his selection options beyond the 25-player limit because first-team regulars Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny can be included on the “B” list.
All were born since January 1990 and have been with the club for more than two years.
Meanwhile, Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi was today granted the work permit he required to play first-team football for Arsenal this season.
The 18-year-old arrived in January and was loaned to Feyenoord while awaiting the clearance needed to represent the Gunners in the UK.
A Football Association panel today decided to grant Miyaichi a work permit on the grounds he was an “exceptional talent”.