Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that the club will never need to sell their best players to their rivals again, and that they can now be considered as a major financial giant in the world of football.
The Frenchman was quoted telling reporters: “The time where we had to sell our best players is over for sure. We had five or six years where we were financially restricted, we had to balance the books and we had to pay the stadium back. This time has gone.”
Arsenal are understood to be open to the prospect of splashing out £17.8m to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in The Metro. It is believed that Los Blancos are themselves ready to sell the Frenchman for the paltry sum in this transfer window. (read more)
Manchester City star and former Arsenal ace Samir Nasri has rejected the opportunity to move back to the north London side, with the player making it clear that he isn’t looking to part ways with the Citizens anytime soon.
The Frenchman was quoted revealing on Twitter: “Never asked anyone to comeback!! Really happy where i am right now so stop with your silly story.”
Manchester City ace Samir Nasri will not be available to don the blue shirt and line up against his old club when the Citizens take on Arsenal on Sunday. According to reports in the press, the Frenchman has been ruled out of action due to a calf injury, with the player now facing up to a month on the sidelines.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini was quoted in The Daily Mail, saying: â€œWe have some problems during the week with Samir Nasri. He has a calf injury so he will not be fit for the next game. He will be out for around three weeks or a month. Before that is difficult. All the rest of the team are fit.â€
Arsenal may have become interested in signing Genoa shotstopper Mattia Perin, after missing out on Loris Karius, reports The Daily Mirror. Karius was expected to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer but latest reports reveal that he has signed a new contract with his club.
I didnâ€™t want to go to war with Wenger, says Nasri
Manchester City ace Samir Nasri has said that he didnâ€™t move to Manchester United after Arsenal because that would have meant him going to war with his former manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman was quoted telling BeIN Sports:Â “He [Sir Alex Ferguson] said he had never hired an Arsenal player and he’d have to go to war. I told him that it does not interest me to go to war with Arsene Wenger.” Continue reading →
Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has revealed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is his â€˜football fatherâ€™. The 26-year old believes that the French manager does not deserve the bad criticism hurled at him for not winning a trophy for over 9 years, and wants his former boss to break the title drought and win the FA Cup this season.
Nasri spent 3 years at Arsenal before moving to the Etihad, and when asked about his relationship with Wenger, the midfielder said, â€œArsene is my football father. I might have a problem with Arsenal fans because of the way they treat me but I just want Arsene to win a trophy because he doesnâ€™t deserve everything that has been said about him.â€ Continue reading →
Wigan Athletic have done the impossible once again, as the defending champions have knocked out Premier League giants Manchester City 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where Arsenal await them at Wembley. A first half penalty from Jordi Gomez and a James Perch tap in early in the second period put the Latics on their way to an unlikely win before former Gunner Samir Nasri restored hope of yet another FA Cup comeback from the Citizens as he cut the deficit to half midway through the second period.
Wigan were forced to defend wave after wave of Manchester City attacks late in the game, but held on to earn a return to Wembley and a date with mighty Arsenal. Continue reading →