According to virtually every website and online newspaper around, Marseille’s Samir Nasri is all set to sign for Arsenal. The 20-year-old French attacker looks like he will be leaving Marseille to join Arsenal for a transfer fee worth around £13.5m.
I’m usually quite careful not to make unrealistic statements about players joining or leaving the club until the deals are finalised but by all accounts this one looks all but a done deal. There have been reports from a newspaper in Marseille that Nasri is on his way and even The Guardian have marked the Frenchman’s move down as a near certainty. I’m not willing to risk coming out of this with egg on my face but nevertheless it’s quite an exciting piece of news. Let me know what you think of it.
Aside from the immenant signing of Nasri there has been some far less convincing transfer speculation around the traps again over the past day or so. Sky Sports have suggested that Sporting Lisbon’s Miguel Veloso wants a move to the Premiership and has also stated that Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani’s agent has been in talks with Arsenal about a move to the club.
I’m not sure about either of these two rumours – it all sounds a little like agent clap-trap to me. However, if you’ve seen either of these two boys play then I’d encourage you to share your opinion. If you live in Portugal or Italy then you can also let us all know what the local press there have to say about the potential of a move. That goes for any transfer speculation that goes on in the summer as well.
In terms of outgoing players, Jens Lehmann looks like he could be moving to Stuttgart while Philippe Senderos is adamant that he has Arsene Wenger’s backing and will be staying put at the club. The Swiss international – who will be representing his nation at Euro 2008 – revealed that he is happy at Arsenal and also rubbished reports that he fell to pieces after their Champions League exit against Liverpool.
“I’m someone who is always hard on myself so I was disappointed like everyone else but I didn’t break down in tears and I didn’t miss training and I didn’t do all these things that they said I did.”
It is reassuring to here these comments from Senderos. Rumours were flying about that he had a bit of a breakdown ala Sol Campbell after the loss to Liverpool so it’s nice to hear him come out and publicly deny them.
It will be interesting to see where he fits into the side next season. It’s obvious that he still feels wanted at the club but if Wenger does purchase a strong central defender like he has promised he will then it means Senderos will be pushed down to fourth or even fifth choice if Johan Djourou can sort himself out. From a footballing perspective it might actually be a smart idea for him to move on but if the big man is happy with life at Arsenal then I guess that is a good thing for the club. I’d be interested to hear your opinion.
To end on a positive note today, some words from the manager on the season just passed and the potential for success next season:
“Overall this team has made a huge improvement compared to last year. We were always in the race for the championship until the last three games. We have made a tremendous improvement and want to develop – the average age of our team is very young and we can only be better if we have the right spirit next year. If we can add a bit more experience and talent, that is even better.”
As (almost) always, he’s exactly right. And with Nasri seemingly in the bag and Lyon’s Hatem Ben Arfa a strong possibility to sign as well things are looking very nice indeed.
What do you think?
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