According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, Marseille’s Samir Nasri will be an Arsenal player by the end of today. The word on the street is that Nasri will arrive in London early this morning (Wednesday) with the intention of undergoing a medical and signing on at Arsenal for a fee worth something around ₤12.5m.
As I said yesterday, I’m still wary about proclaiming this a done deal given the lack of tangible evidence but you do get the feeling that it’s around a 90% chance. By the by, don’t ask me where I got that figure. I’ll speak a little more about the role that Nasri will play and the implications his move might have for the likes of Alexandr Hleb and the dynamic of the team when the official confirmation comes through from Arsenal.
Moving on now and you may not have noticed but there is actually a pretty important game to be played later tonight in Moscow. It’s the Champions League Final and it apparently features two half-decent teams from England called Manchester United and Chelsea.
I begrudgingly admitted a little while back that my absolute hatred for Manchester United and this man in particular, coupled with the fact that they have already won the Premiership meant that I would definitely be supporting Chelsea. Thankfully, that decision has been made even easier by the news Ashley Cole looks like he could miss out after injuring his ankle at training. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, honestly.
Just out of interest, I wouldn’t mind hearing which of these magnificent teams you would like see lift the trophy. It’s like choosing between a whether you’d have Pascal Cygan or Titus Bramble at the heart of your defence, isn’t it?
On a more serious note, I do think this has the potential to be quite a good game. I thoroughly enjoyed the last encounter at Stamford Bridge and if the two sides can throw up something similar then I think we will all get our money’s worth, whatever that means. Interestingly, Arsene Wenger thinks the game will probably be decided by the referee. I wouldn’t bet against it.
Anyway, I’m going to get back to work now. And by work I mean refreshing Arsenal.com waiting for confirmation of Nasri’s move. It could be a looooooooong day, especially if United v Chelsea goes to penalties after a 0-0 draw. Sigh.
What do you think?
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