I don’t usually post on the weekends unless something really important comes up. Obviously this weekend it has.
That’s right, Samir Nasri has finally signed for Arsenal. The attacking midfielder agreed to join Arsenal from Marseille on a long-term contract on an undisclosed fee. Typical.
While it’s certainly not as unexpected as, say, Eduardo’s signing last summer, it’s nice to see the move finally confirmed all the same.
Arsene Wenger had the following to say about Nasri’s capture:
“We are delighted to be signing Samir Nasri. He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player. He has shown great potential with his performances for Marseille and the French national team over the past two seasons and he will add great quality to our squad.”
While Nasri had the following comments to make about joining his new club:
“I’m very happy to become an Arsenal player, it means such a lot to me. This is a very important step in my life as a football player because Arsenal is a massive club. I really hope everything will go well for me here. I will do my best for Arsenal and its fans and I am honoured to be part of such a great football club.”
Good stuff. I have a little bit of gut feeling that this kid could be something special. If he can play in a direct manner and use his obvious pace and creativity to unsettle defenders then I’m in no doubt that Nasri could become a real favourite amongst the Arsenal supporters.
Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, I’d be 95% confident that Nasri will take on the #8 shirt vacated by Freddie Ljungberg a season ago. Can he be the new Freddie? I think he can.
Let me know what you think about the signing of Nasri by leaving a comment.