It has been a busy day in the world of Arsenal; we’ve heard rumours from all news outlets that Cesc and Nasri will depart by tomorrow.
Both players have been linked with departures to Barcelona and Man City respectively and with Cesc, we’ve always known that he would one day go back to his boyhood club; with Arsene Wenger so adamant that Cesc was staying, he’s made us believe that it wouldn’t be this summer – unfortunately for all of us, it looks like within the next 24 hours, Cesc will be sold. With Nasri, the departure is a bit more forced, Man City have increased their bid weekly and Nasri has a massive intent to leave and will not sign a new contract.
Both players have been amongst our best, and it’s definitely a loss to lose both of them. Yes, we have talent coming through, but Cesc, for sure, is in the top 5 players in the Premiership and you can’t lose that sort of quality and not replace it. Nasri, last season, showed signs of why we signed him, and really came of age – for about 4 months – but regardless of the feelings we have against Nasri & Cesc for their desire to leave, we need to understand that we are losing quality players and also need to understand that we need to replace them with quality players.
[Update: Arsene commented on Cesc & Nasri]
Media reports in the past 24 hours suggested that the destination of the Arsenal captain next season would be determined by the start of the Premier League this weekend – whether it be Emirates Stadium or Barcelona. On Thursday afternoon Arsenal Player got the latest from the manager.
“That is completely the truth,” he said. “We hope it will be sorted out very quickly one way or the other. We’ll know very quickly.”
Meanwhile the future of Samir Nasri is also under the microscope. Once again his manager wanted a speedy resolution.
“The Nasri situation is stable,” said Wenger. “Again it is very difficult to speak about possible transfers but we are in a situation where we have to make decisions one way or the other. Ideally you want it to be sorted out before the season starts.”
If you throw in the sales of JET (£1m), Clichy (£7m), to the proposed sales of Nasri (£23m) and Cesc (£37m), and throw in the original £30m kitty that the manager and chairman supposedly had at the beginning of the transfer window, that’s a whopping £98m, of which £10 we’ve spent on Gervinho, £7m on Oxlade and £1m on Jenkinson. If the two sales