Contract rebel Samir Nasri has still yet to commit to Arsenal, and it seems increasingly more likely that he will move to Manchester ‘Moneybags’ City, with reports suggesting that he will move in the next few days. City’s man in charge Robert Mancini has believes the deal will be announced in the next few days, but if Nasri plays against Udinese this week then he will be cup-tied and City will have to re-evaluate the situation. Meanwhile Arsene Wenger maintains that no deal is close and will most likely remain at Arsenal this season.
Wenger has continually tried to convince the Arsenal faithful that Samir Nasri wishes to remain at Arsenal, his stubborn approach sees Gunners fans loosing faith in the man that once brought them glory, but is Wenger right this time? With Mancini convinced that Nasri is heading to Manchester, it looks highly unlikely that Nasri will be an Arsenal player by the end of this week unless he takes the field against Udinese.
“I think we can close the deal in two days. I don’t know what has happened [to delay negotiations],” Mancini told reporters.
“It’s a big problem if he plays [against Udinese and is cup-tied in the Champions League]. I don’t know if we would still sign him. I hope we can close in the next 48 hours. We have followed Nasri for 40 days.”
Manchester City have a knack of turning transfer rumours into completed transfers as they have done time and time again over the past few seasons, their endless supply of money allows them to grab any player that crosses their sight. However Arsene Wenger has claimed that sought-after midfielder Samir Nasri is happy at Arsenal and that any deal for his possible departure is a long way from completion.
“He is happy here. There is no departure of Nasri at the moment,” Wenger told French media outlet TF1.
“Maybe one day, but it’s far, far, far from being done.”
I can’t quite see Nasri remaining at Arsenal this season, but it will come down to whether he features against Udinese this week. If he takes to the field then he will be Arsenal’s man until January at least, however if he refuses to play then all will be lost. Is it worth keeping a player that will leave for free next summer?
Samir Nasri showed his class against Liverpool, as he was the only man that really threatened in attack and played hard and passionately. Wenger will need to do all he can to keep the Frenchman if they want to have any shot at silverware this season AND buy some reinforcements. It’s clear that the Gunners are lacking in world class player, Wenger get your head out of your a** and buy some players that will bring Arsenal up to scratch again.