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Arsenal sell Nasri to City

2011-08-23 14:51

London - Arsenal agreed to sell Samir Nasri to Manchester City on Tuesday, paving the way for the midfielder to join an expensively assembled squad already filled with attacking talent.

The 24-year-old France international was due to travel to Manchester for a medical examination on Tuesday, Arsenal said before the north London team flew to Italy for a Champions League playoff against Udinese.

Arsenal were compelled to sell Nasri for a reported 24 million pounds ($40 million) because he turned down a new contract and could have left on a free transfer next year when his most recent deal expired.

The attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or on either wing, scored 27 goals in 124 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Marseille in July 2008. Despite Arsenal's failure to seriously challenge for the English league title, last season was Nasri's most productive with 15 goals - 10 in the Premier League.

His impending departure comes a week after Arsenal finally sold captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona - a double loss that even manager Arsene Wenger signaled would be a sign of the club's declining status.

Wenger said last month that losing Fabregas and Nasri would be "the worst situation" for a club without a major title since the 2005 FA Cup.

"You cannot convince people you are ambitious after that," Wenger said on Arsenal's website. "You see about Fabregas leaving, Nasri leaving - if you give that message out you cannot pretend you are a big club.

"Because a big club first of all holds onto its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take (players) away from you."

Arsenal have opened their league campaign with a draw against Newcastle and a loss to Liverpool, while City have beaten Swansea and Bolton.

Nasri will be providing even more creativity for a City team already including the attacking talents of Spain midfielder David Silva, England winger Adam Johnson and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero thanks to Sheik Mansour's investment of more than $1 billion in three years as owner.

AP

Comments
  • Maverick - 2011-08-23 15:20

    Happy for City, but sad for Arsenal... They're going to struggle to qualify for CL football next season...

  • THABO - 2011-08-23 15:28

    Take RVP and Walcott out, they'r left with nothing.

  • JustinD - 2011-08-23 15:44

    Arsenil will be like Liverpool of last season.....One big difference is that they wont come right half way through like Liverpool did......Oh well does not really matter as long as MU clean up again

  • OLIBO - 2011-08-23 15:51

    You cannot be a big club without big players! Arsenal will struggle this year and I feel sorry for RVP. Perhaps the owners are happy with being out of the top five teams in the EPL. Wenger must be the luckiest football coach. He failed to win any major cup for six years but he is still kept his job. RIP Gunners!

      RacingShark - 2011-08-23 19:30

      Its not really the owners fault. Wenger has failed to make big purchases due to his unwillingness to spend and his love for teenagers. Teenagers wont win you the league let alone the CL. Arsenal has been one of the few Major clubs (along with Bayern and Real) that actually makes profits.

  • brendon - 2011-08-23 15:52

    @ Justin u wish bra Fergi still needs to do batle with king Kenny bra YNWA....

      JustinD - 2011-08-23 16:29

      Dont need to wish anything pal.....but yeah i like the Pool vs MU games. No better rivalry and yeah gotta give your boys some credit they seem to have had one over us of late......BUT a cold one says not this season...... and i look forward to you being back up there competing again.... GL

      Man U - 2011-08-24 09:01

      @Brendon: Not to worry, i suppose you will have another great season if you beat us in one game and finish outside the top 4 again, while we win the league! I see all you Liverfool supporters have the same story every season!

  • silverflash - 2011-08-23 17:03

    The Gunners Ship is unfortunately sinking at a rapid rate ! That happens when u have creedy boardmembers and a manager with a skewed plan...

  • Kubes - 2011-08-23 19:04

    I am the biggest Arsenal Fan and this is rather sad whats happening at the club. This is going to be a dull , dull season. One has to take their hats off to Cesc and Nasri for having the courage to leave. Looks like a Liverpool syndrome headed our way!!!!!

      Gunner - 2011-08-25 07:36

      Heads up boet...there's still a few days left before the transfer deadline ends....anything is possible...the money is there...suitable players need to be bought...Jags from the toffees will be a good buy,Lets see what Wenger can do

  • WTF46 - 2011-08-24 07:29

    What the hell is FROG LEGS WENGER DOING!!!!! They first get given hell for all these young players, then he said he is growing his squad. Then when they are in their prime the get sold and more young players come in to replace. THATS WHY WE HAVE NOT WON A TROPHY IN HOW LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Wenger get your head straight! You have money now, SO BUY SOME EXPERIENCED PLAYERS! And Im happy for Nasri, good luck to him.

      AjAxxxx - 2011-08-24 13:23

      Frog legs...LOOOOOL

  • shabzinho - 2011-08-24 08:55

    Its a shame how Wenger thinks. Gone are the days of Ljumberg, Henry, Cambell, Adams, Petit, now we are running an academy, developing players to sell. I was angry on how fans were reacting but now I fully understand-Wenger why dont you work for a developement acccademy for a country because you cannot do this at club level. shame on you for destoying Arsenal.

  • NkosiMzimba - 2011-08-24 10:27

    oh great another overpaid man city whore. Arsenal ship sinking at a rapid rate. whos next? RVP and Walcott?? Greedy board members ruining what was ONCE a great club and now mediocre. A mid table finish perhaps? they will struggle to qualify for europa unless they buy wisely during the jan transfer window. top 4 WILL be man u, man city,chelsea and a toss up between liverpool/tottenham.

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