According to The Guardian, Samir Nasri will not travel to Italy on Tuesday for The Gunners 2nd second leg of the Champions League play-off against Udinese, after telling Arsène Wenger that he did not want to become cup-tied in Europe and effectively rule out his rumoured £22m move to Manchester ‘Moneybags’ City.
Apparently Wenger has been forced to accept Nasri’s wishes and consequently he has omitted Nasri from the squad. This comes despite his willingness to select the French international midfielder for Wednesday’s game which would cup-tie Nasri, preventing him for playing in the competition under another team. Roberto Mancini, the City manager, has stated that if Wenger played Nasri against Udinese then the deal would be off.
It was a wise decision of Wenger to play Nasri against Liverpool, and thank goodness the crowd showed their support rather than tormenting the player as they had done during the Newcastle match. The Frenchman had a decent game and controlled much of Arsenal’s attack, he will be a key player if Arsenal manage to keep hold of him. It seems very unlikely that he will stay with the Gunners, only on Wednesday evening will we see where his loyalties lay.