Arsenal Transfer News: Nasri Aboard Manchester City Streamliner?
If Sky Sport Italia are to be believed, a deal has already been struck between Manchester Cty and Arsenal for the Gunners’ influential playmaker, Samir Nasri. The fee is believed to be in the region of €25 million [£22.2m].
Samir Nasri, who had his best season in 2010-11 since arriving in England in 2008, has been discontent with the way Arsenal have failed to deliver silverware since his arrival and believes that he needs to win trophies while he is at the peak of his career. The new contract is rumoured to be worth €6m [£5.3m] a year – over £100,000 a week.
The diminutive French international was the mainstay of Arsenal’s midfield sans Fabregas, who was injured more often than not and no player in the Premier League completed more successful passes in the final third than the Frenchman last season, with a grand total of 601. Nasri revealed his true form in the centre of the park during Fabregas’ absence, which explains a slight disgruntlement when he was forced to the wings when the skipper returned. His return of 10 goals was a decent one for a midfielder, especially when you consider the fact that he created large spaces for his teammates with his trickery and close-control.
Manchester City. despite having Silva, will need a lot of firepower in the squad, especially now they are in the Champions League and who better than the well-experienced Samir Nasri to provide that. With Wenger reluctant to sell his star to bitter rivals Manchester United, it seems that Mancini has had the last laugh and has pulled off a coup. Though, it would be a shocking news for the Gooners worldwide, especially with Fabregas all set to return to his boyhood club, Barcelona. Wenger, would be left distraught after reportedly pulling on all stops to secure Nasri’s stay at Emirates.
“If he looks back he can see that he’s come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do. It’s the club that makes the player’s career.” - Arsene Wenger
Well, I respect Mr. Wenger and know that he is right, but as football today has painfully displayed time and again, it’s all about silver and gold in today’s world. Few clubs can enjoy the Gerrards and the Tottis without a shred of doubt. But sadly for Wenger, Nasri, after 124 appearances over three seasons for Arsenal, is adamant on flying away from his nest in lure of greener pastures and as he has always done, back Wenger to still impress us with his lucid, attractive football.
Stay tuned…more to follow!