Arsenal have agreed a fee, believed to be around £22 million, to sell Samir Nasri to Manchester City.
It’s unbelievable to see him go really, considering he only joined the club two seasons ago. He’s an ambitious, confident footballer who knows what he is entitled to and in many ways it will be a shame to see him go.
But if Nasri doesn’t really want to play for Arsenal anymore than there’s nothing we can do. However great a player he may become one day, like Cesc Fabregas, if he doesn’t want to give everything for our club then there’s no point in forcing him to stay.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are at a crossroads at the moment. Two of our best players gone, neither of them yet replaced and a vital Champions League qualifier looms.
The good news is that, despite the weekend injury to Laurent Koscielny, our team looks in better shape than it did a week ago. Robin van Persie will return to the starting line-up while Johan Djourou, Alex Song, Gervinho and Emmanuel Frimpong are all available.
Defensively the manager has a decision to make. Does he rush Djourou back into the side or move Song into central defence to partner Thomas Vermaelen? The latter seems a safer option but it leaves an un-tried midfield combination Ramsey, Rosicky and Frimpong.
Exit tonight would be unthinkable, so much so that I haven’t really considered it.
We have been fortunate enough over the past decade to view Champions League qualification as a formality, but for the first time that is not the case. Let’s hope the boys can get the job done.
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A couple of people have asked which person won the Pelé Sports Radium competition that I recently posted on the blog. The answer, rather unfortunately for my more dedicated readers, was twitter user @2liverpoolfans. Kind of sums things up at the moment, doesn’t it? (No hard feelings though, guys, you’re as entitled to enter as anyone else!)
However, I will be running another Pelé Sports competition for all the Australian readers on Friday and on this occasion I’ll make sure it’s the Arsenal fans who get rewarded. So stay tuned.
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