Arsenal’s newly acquired forward Gervinho maintains the club will move on should they not be able to keep hold of wantaway captain Cesc Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri.
Fabregas, who has been continually linked with a move to Barcelona for the past two seasons, missed Arsenal’s tour of Asia as he worked on his fitness because of a niggling hamstring injury, and could also sit out Saturday’s friendly in Cologne.
Nasri, meanwhile, has yet to agree terms on a new deal, with Manchester City one of several suitors for the £20 million-rated France midfielder, however Arsenal are rumoured to be preparing a deal worth £6m a year in a last ditch effort to get Nasri to sign a new contract
While there are set to be plenty more developments over the closing six weeks of the summer transfer window according to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Gervinho has reiterated these comments insisting that whatever happens life at Arsenal will go on.
”It is football, everything moves quickly,” Gervinho told Radio Monte Carlo Sport. ”If the club does not manage to keep these players, they will be able to replace them.”
Gervinho added: ”Arsenal will always remain a large club. No-one knows what will happen in the future, maybe in a year or two Arsenal will win titles.”
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With all the rival clubs strengthening during the summer, Arsene Wenger’s young team will face in an even more up-hill battle to remain in the top 4, however, defender Johan Djourou is up for the battle.
He said: ”You have to fight and that’s what makes the English league so good to watch because there is competition. We know there are favourites, but there are outside teams who can make trouble.
”As players we have to be on our toes, but I think Arsenal is still on top because even if I look at last season, the problem before was that we couldn’t beat the biggest teams but last season we didn’t have any problem with that.
”So I think we just need to get those little things right and it will be great for us.”
It’s very good to see positive comments coming from the Gunners camp, but seriously we need some more players. If Cesc & Nasri stay then we only need at LEAST one more central defender and a left back, but if one or both leave then we need some serious reinforcements.
So far we have only spent £5m pounds: £11m for Gervinho + £1m for Jenkinson – £7m we got for selling Clichy = (a measly, pitiful amount of..) £5m. Common Wenger stop being so damn stingy!