After already losing one of our highest profile players this week, namely Cesc Fabregas, it has now been reported by a wide array of sources that we are set to lose our other one, who is of course Samir Nasri.
Nasri has been long linked with a move to Manchester ‘moneybags’ City after his refusal to sign a new contract at the Emirates, and it seems now he is on the verge of an exit with numerous reports saying he is to undergo a medical today and if successful a 5-year deal could be announced within the next 24-hours.
With City set to spend a reported £25m on the French international, the Arsenal coffers will be about to burst with all the cash they now have at their disposal, which also includes the the reported £35m brought in by the departure of Cesc.
The move sets a trend of high-profile Arsenal players who have left for City which include Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, which begs the question whether we are already a feeder club.
With one of our good defenders and two of our best midfielders leaving/left in their peak, the pressure is now on Arsene to replace accordingly after coming under fire for simply buying youngsters when world-class players are leaving the Emirates.
Simply put, the way I feel is pretty much how Theo has summed up the situation saying: “It is important to have a mixture of experience and young players – but the boss knows what he is doing. He has picked up great players before. Only time will tell what he is going to do.”
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I do hope the boss knows what he is doing. He reassures us that he will spend when he finds quality, but you can’t say that any of the players that have been heavily linked with Arsenal would not have brought quality with the likes of Mata, Mertesacker, Jagielka, Cahill and Enrique (now at Liverpool) among the candidates list. I don’t think it is that he is afraid to spend, it is the fact he wants ridiculously good players for a price that is no longer valid in today’s market.