Few Arsenal fans would disagree that Samir Nasri is a very important player and not one that Arsenal will want to lose – especially if Fabregas departs in the summer. However, there is a real danger of this happening, after problems with the contract offer Arsenal have made to the Frenchman. The stumbling block seems to be a pure financial one and is about the fact that Nasri wants to match the £110,000 per week wages that Fabregas receives. The offer that has been made is generous to say the least; a five year deal with wages of £90,000 per week. Arsenal will be forced to sell this summer if Nasri refuses to sign, because they don’t wish to risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.
One wonders if perhaps Nasri’s head has been turned by comments that were recently made by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Evra suggested that Nasri should move to Manchester United in order to win the trophies he obviously desires. But as far as Arsene Wenger is concerned this dispute is a financial one. Wenger told French radio “We have a financial disagreement which hasn’t yet been settled. We are still in discussions but we haven’t agreed a deal.”
The interest from Manchester United is clear, but Wenger is determined to not sell the France international to his fierce rivals; stating that “One thing’s for sure , we’re not selling him to United.” Certainly interesting developments, but shouldn’t Arsenal expect more loyalty from the player. Nasri is still only 23 and Arsenal has given him the opportunity to play in arguably the World’s best league. Nasri arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 2008 for a fee in the region of £12m and the club would have thought that could have a player here for many years at the highest level.
At the time of his transfer Nasri seemed pleased to be moving to Arsenal and in particular excited to be working with Arsene Wenger. Nasri Said “The fact that Arsene Wenger gives great opportunities to young players is very important to me. Arsene has a great reputation and is one of the best managers in the world.”
However, something seems to have changed and it appears that Nasri is only prepared to continue to work with Wenger – if he is given a huge contract. But with the comments from Evra recently, we have to consider the situation may not purely financial and really he just wants to win trophies and no longer believes that will happen at Arsenal. But it seems that he is unlikely to get his wish with Arsenal so determined not to sell to United – so expect him to sign that contract soon.
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