Manchester City have ended probably the second longest running transfer sagas of the summer completing the signing of Arsenal’s midfielder Samir Nasri for a rumoured £24 million.
The Frenchman’s transfer away from the Emirates has been inevitable all summer as he was approaching his last year of his contract, meaning the highly rated midfielder would be able to leave for free next summer, after he refused a new contract. Wenger should have sold him at the start of July.
‘I was a little a bit frustrated because I said to the manager [Arsene Wenger] that I wanted to leave. I wanted to do pre-season with Manchester City and to meet my new team-mates. It’s a new start and I’m looking forward to it.’
‘I spoke with Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure a lot and with Patrick [Vieira]. It was important to get advice from players at the club and they know the difference between Arsenal and Manchester City.
‘It’s a big relief because there were long, long negotiations between the two clubs. Now I’m finally a City player and I’m really happy.
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Nasri, 24, has now officially signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will join a long list of star players fighting for spot at City. The France international is in line to make his debut in Sunday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, where he will wear the No. 19 shirt for Roberto Mancini’s side.
For Mancini, the capture signals the end of a five-year pursuit of Nasri. He told the club’s website: “He’s a fantastic player because he has technique, he has mentality.
“I knew him when he played for Marseille. I followed him when I was at Inter and we wanted to take him five years ago. But I think in the last few years in the Premier League he’s improved a lot. Now I think he’s a top player.”
He joined Arsenal in 2008 from Marseille and, after two patchy seasons, was arguably our best player during 2010-11, scoring 15 goals and performing well enough to earn a spot in the Premier League Team of the Season. Nasri claims that City’s fans have more passion:
“The [City] fans remind me of Marseille. Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates.
‘I remember when we lost 3-0 to City the crowd was amazing and that’s what I want. I’m here to play football and to enjoy it and to win titles.
He is now the fourth Arsenal player to switch to City, following fellow Frenchman Gael Clichy, Toure and Adebayor to Manchester, once again showing that Arsenal have become a feeder club.
This is very disappointing news that Nasri has left after Wenger was convinced he would play out his contract at the Emirates, but it seems that the board overthrew Wenger and cashed in on a player that would have been essential to Arsenal’s silverware hopes this season. I’m sure the Gunners faithful will give him a less than warm welcome when he returns to the Emirates later this season wearing sky-blue.
Wenger has insited that he will bolster the midfield, he now only has less than a week to do so, with a kitty rumoured to be around £90m. JUST DO IT WENGER! We literally don’t have a good enough squad to challenge on all fronts this season, we are in a much worse position than last season with the departures of 4 first team players (3 of whom were regular starters) and only bringing in only one established star player. There is no way we can last a whole season with this barren squad.