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Transfer Special: 10 Possible Nasri Replacements

This player has been grabbing the headlines and been keeping me and many Gooners out there on the edge of our seats. His contract dispute and stalling has led to many, displaying their anger towards the Frenchman and there is speculation of Nasri leavi…

This player has been grabbing the headlines and been keeping me and many Gooners out there on the edge of our seats. His contract dispute and stalling has led to many, displaying their anger towards the Frenchman and there is speculation of Nasri leaving the club this summer. I personally don’t want to see Nasri leaving, but there is no player that is bigger than the club. In case, IF Nasri does leave, here are 10 possible replacements.

1. Eden Hazard- Age: 20- Height: 5’6″- Nation: Belgium- Club: Lille

One of the most talented youngsters in world football, Lille star and Belgian international Eden Hazard, who recently won the best player in France Award, has been linked with the best clubs in the world including the Gunners, in which Wenger is known to be a huge admirer. Hazard is skillful player, who has extreme poise, skill,  excellent with both feet as well being creative with the ball. He is one of the main reasons for Lille’s title triumph this season, and is tipped for a great future. He is, in my opinion, a great talent and would be an excellent replacement for Samir Nasri, almost a like for like replacement. He is valued by at around 19.8 million pounds, but it would take more than that to persuade his club into selling him, as the club have stated that it would take “silly” money to persuade them into selling their prodigious talent, as well as huge interests from many clubs, it would probably cost around 25-30 million pounds to acquire Eden Hazard.


2. Charles N’Zogbia- Age: 25- Height: 5’7″  Nation: France- Club: Wigan Athletic

This player has been linked numerous times to a move to the Gunners, N’Zogbia is a talented Frenchman, who mainly plays as a left winger. He is quick, well built, skillful and a good crosser with a strong left foot. N’Zogbia is also a reliable set piece taker and is a one-timed capped French international. He has the skills and attributes of an excellent winger and player, and he deserves to play with a big club. He is valued by at around 7.9 million pounds, which is a very affordable and attainable price, he is a good option and possibility as a replacement.


3. Balasz Dzsudszak- Age: 24- Height: 5’9″- Nation: Hungary- Club: PSV Eindhoven

Another talented winger, who has had two straight sensational seasons with his club PSV Eindhoven. The Hungarian-international was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners last season and is believed to be a target for many of Europe’s best clubs. Dzsudszak is a player blessed with pace, skill, as well as being crafty, an excellent dribbler and an excellent left foot. Dzsudszak is an excellent player in my opinion, who could do very well at Arsenal. He is valued by at around 11.4 million pounds, though I believe it would take a bit more than that to acquire him, probably in the 15-18 million pound range…. still affordable.


4. Jesus Navas- Age: 25- Height: 5’6″- Nation: Spain- Club: Sevilla

This would definitely be an excellent target and signing. He is one of the most talented and gifted I’ve seen, who still hasn’t got the recognition that he deserves. Jesus Navas is blessed with skill, quick feet, the ability to run at defenders and is an excellent crosser. Navas is a top class winger, one of the best not only in Spain, but all of Europe. Would be a great signing for the Gunners and top class replacement, if Nasri leaves. According to, Jesus Navas is valued at around 22 million pounds. This would be a difficult transfer due to Navas’s loyalty to Sevilla and his high value, but it’s worth a go, especially as Sevilla won’t offer him Champions League football next season and a move to a top club, would give him a better chance of being a regular with Spain’s national side.


5. Ricardo Alvarez- Age: 23- Height: 6’2″- Nation: Argentina- Club: Velez Sarsfield

A player that the Gunners are hugely interested in, this player caused major headlines when he was rumored to be Arsenal’s first signing of the season. Alvarez is an attacking midfielder, blessed with skill, as well as being an excellent dribbler despite his height. He has been likened to Real Madrid star, Kaka, and is a player that is expected to move to bigger and better things. He is valued by his club, Velez Sarsfield, at around 12 million pounds.


6. Ibrahim Afellay- Age: 25- Height: 5’9″- Nation: Holland- Club: FC Barcelona

A player that was acquired just a few months ago by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven. Ibrahim Afellay, has long been linked with a potential move to the Gunners, who primarily plays as a central attacking midfielder, but can play in any position in midfield. He is known for his incredible skills, especially in dribbling and running at defenders. He is creative, great passer and has an excellent right foot. Afellay hasn’t been given as much playing time as he hoped for with Barcelona, and is being linked with a move away from Barcelona. Of course, any transfer deal with Barcelona would most likely involve Cesc Fabregas and press reports are suggesting that Afellay could be used a makeweight for a potential deal. I believe Afellay would be an excellent signing and is like for like replacement for Nasri if he leaves. This transfer is highly unlikely, unless Cesc Fabregas is involved in the deal. According to, Afellay is valued at around 12.3 million pounds.


7. Willian Borges da Silva- Age: 22- Height: 5’7″- Nation: Brazil- Club: Shakhtar Donetsk

A player that has been heavily linked to the Gunners this summer. The 22 year old attacking midfielder, who usually plays in the left of midfield, starred in this year’s Champions League along with his club, Shakhtar Donetsk. His performance in the two-legged second round match against AS Roma, was what got him into the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the Gunners. He is blessed with skill, poise and is an excellent dribbler as well as being creative. He is a bright talent with a bright future, and is expected to be a fixture for Brazil’s national side in the future. According to, Willian is valued at around 13.2 million pounds.


8. Andre Ayew- Age: 21- Height: 5’8″- Nation: Ghana- Club: Marseille

The son of the legendary Abedi Pele, Andre Ayew is one of the most talented young African stars and is a rising star in Europe. Andre Ayew, primarily plays as a left winger, who’s known for his charisma and his hard-working attitude as well as his pace, skill, and good crossing. Andre Ayew has been linked with the Gunners and has starred with Marseille this term, winning the fans’ Player of the Season award. Ayew is an exciting player and would do very well as a Gunner, his value according to, is around 8.8 million pounds.


From within the club:

9. Henri Lansbury- Age: 20- Height: 6’0″- Nation: England

A player who has been at the club ever since he was 9 years old, Lansbury has played in each level at the club, from the youth sides to the reserves and then the first team. Lansbury, can play anywhere in midfield and is known for his excellent passing and timely runs and his work-rate. He put in a fine performance against Tottenham in the League Cup, scoring a goal and putting in an excellent shift. Lansbury, was loaned out to Norwich, where he led the side to promotion. Lansbury, is a player who understands what it means to be a Gunner, displayed by his goal celebration against rivals Tottenham. He has a good passing range, works hard and is a reliable player in my opinion. I don’t think he is the perfect replacement for Nasri, but I believe he would do well.


10. Ryo Miyaichi- Age: 18- Height: 6’0″- Nation: Japan

Arsenal’s latest bright prospect and rising star, Ryo Miyaichi, who’s making or made waves with Feyenoord where he put in excellent performances, displaying his skill, pace, dribbling abitlity, as well as his ability in running at defenders and making them look amateur. Miyaichi, has been one of the sensations of the Dutch Eredivisie and became a fan-favorite at Feyenoord. Many Gooners want to see Miyaichi finally play as a Gunner in an Arsenal shirt and some consider him a replacement if Nasri leaves. Miyaichi is a talented player and I would love to finally see him in an Arsenal shirt, but another loan spell would do him the world of good, but if Wenger thinks he’s ready then I can’t wait to see him play in the Gunner shirt.


Despite the talent and quality of these players, I really hope that Nasri does stay a Gunner, but no player is bigger than the club and Nasri must realize that…. I hope he does.

What do you think? Are these good enough replacements? Which player do you want to see replace Nasri if he leaves? What are your thoughts on the whole Nasri situation? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

Cheers and take care,

Omar –




  1. Ric the gooner

    June 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    It has got to be Hazard.

  2. ieuan

    June 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    why do we always get linked to barca rejects if hes 25 and not good enough for them then why do we want him if we cant get hazard id burst the bank and go for ribery or robben some one with a killer pass that can cut defenses open and shoot

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Affelay is fighting for a place with players like Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, and Villa. No surprise that he’s not getting enough playing time, if he wanted more playing time, he shouldn’t have gone to Barca in the first place.

      Cheers and take care,


    • Gilberto

      June 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      What age was Thierry Henry when he come Arsenal?

      • Omar Almasri

        June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        Henry was 21 when he arrived at Arsenal.

        Cheers and take care,


  3. www

    June 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    A couple more from within the club. Pedro botelho, emmanuel-thomas, Luke freeman. From outside what about Ashley young, Stewart downing,

    also wondered what people think about replacing clichy denilson and rosicky with a trio of newcastle players enrique Barton and nolan.

  4. cin

    June 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    First of all.
    No one will can replace nasri.

    he is excellent talent and important player for Arsenal.

    If he leaves, then Arsenal will lose big.

    • jas

      June 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      i was just going to write the same , Nasri is ireplaceable

      • sam

        June 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Damn u . I would sell Nasri and get Ashley young atleast he is consistent. unlike Nasri who is Half a season player.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Nasri is a top player for the Gunners, no question about that, but he certainly isn’t irreplaceable if he was, why did he fade off when he need him the most.

      Despite that, I don’t want Nasri to leave, but we have to consider the worst case scenario.

      Cheers and take care,



    June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Apart from HAZARD, nou of above can replace Nasri. So if he must leave, then a better replacement must be made available.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      So you’re saying that players like Ayew, Navas, Affelay…. some of the most talented in Europe can’t replace Nasri? I agree that Hazard is the best option, but the rest all have the ability and skill to replace Nasri and do well for the Gunners.

      Thanks for commenting and take care,



    June 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    What a horrible list :S no offence.
    The title says “possible” but first of all Hazard said he is staying at Lille and they are not willing to negotiate with anybody at the moment.

    Secondly Affelay just recenly joined Barca and they will never sell us a key player. We seriously have a better chance of signing Nani than Affellay.

    Jesus Navaz said he has no intentions of leaving spain the only clubs he would join are barca and real madrid.

    Lastly I am qutie frankly disgusted with the fact that you think we could replace Nasri with Ryo or Lansbury. Thats the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Replace our best player with unproven reserve players who have never played a single plemier league minute.

    You guys complain about not winning trophys but you then think its okay to replace our best player with Nzogbi AND FRICKING YOUTH PLAYERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Sorry, but what? These are all possible and likely possibilities. Affelay is not getting enough playing and is not getting enough playing time at Barca.

      Wenger might consider not buying a replacement, so he might looks in to give a chance for to either Lansbury or Miyaichi, who have done well with their clubs which I suggested those two.

      I suggested N’Zogbia because he has been frequently linked with the Gunners, and has plays in the same position is Nasri.

      Nasri is a top player, but is he irreplaceable…. absolutely not. The players on the list are quality players, who have the ability and talent to replace Nasri, if he was so irreplaceable, why did he fade off when the team needed him the most. I don’t want Nasri to leave, but we have to consider the worst possible scenario.

      There are of course other possibilities other than the players in my list like Ashley Young for example.

      Despite me not agreeing with your opinion, I respect your opinion so thank you for commenting and take care.


      • DUDIOUS

        June 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        For a club hoping to win silverware even considering replacing our best player with an untested new player like Ryo is stupid.

        First and formost he had 1 decent spell at feynoord however ability wise he is not good enough for Arsenals second team bench and is as light as a feather.
        If Nasri left we would not buy a replacement. The team will be

        Arshavin RVP Walcott
        Wilshere Song Cesc.

        As for Lansbury theres a reason not 1 EPL club wanted to loan him. Hes a good tallent but has not got what it takes to play in the EPL yet. To replace our best player with this guy is the daftest thing ive heard.

        As for Affellay you clearly dont watch or follow Barca. He is a rotation player and he has said countless times that he is extremely happy with his progress blah blah blah. Why he would go from getting 3 medals a season and playing in historys greatest squad to a team of bottlers who wont offer him the same wage is something you need to explain to me my good sir.

        • Omar Almasri

          June 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

          About Afellay, maybe to get more playing time? Hleb also won 3 titles with Barcelona, but still wanted to leave so he can play more. I know that Arsenal haven’t won in 6 years, but they’re still considered one of the best clubs in the world and if they offer him regular football, he might just accept.

          Affelay a very talented player, who unfortunately for him, is fighting with phenomenal players like Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, etc. A player as talented as him, shouldn’t be happy being regularly on the bench and I honestly don’t think he is.

          Nasri isn’t irreplaceable, top player, yes, but not irreplaceable. If he would, he wouldn’t have faded off when the team needed him the most.

          Cheers and take care,


  7. head

    June 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I stopped reading at Henri Lansbury.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      May I ask why is that? Don’t you any of these players are good enough except Lansbury?

      Cheers and take care,


  8. sam

    June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm


    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Ashley Young will be a quality signing, good suggestion, but I heard that Man U are closing in on him.

      Great suggestion nonetheless.

      Cheers and take care,


  9. dw

    June 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Jesus naves is the best player out the lot.
    If u no football u would no that.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Jesus Navas is a world class player and would be great for the Gunners.

      Cheers and take care,


  10. sadiq

    June 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    lets get arda turan.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Arda Turan is a talented player and would be a fine signing.

      Great suggestion.

      Cheers and take care,


      • sadiq

        June 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        thanx man

  11. Nasirishehu.d.gari

    June 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I think wilian is the best to replacement of nasri or edin hazad or jusus nevaz this is my option to replacement of samir nasri

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Willian is a talented player, but I believe are Hazard and Navas are better than him. Nonetheless, Willian is a gifted player and could be a shrewd signing for the Gunners.

      Cheers and take care,


  12. Taufik

    June 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ricardo Alvarez is perfect!

  13. Brad

    June 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Nasri isnt going anywhere, he has been in England long enough to understand how hard it is for a player to leave a top epl club for another top epl club. And secondly i am sure hes well aware that you can be as good as you wanna be but that doesnt guarantee you being first choice on a Fergie team. I believe he is just riding the bull to gain attention in the hopes arsenal gives him more money and or get new players. I understand his frustration of not winning silverware like his idols and mates

    • Omar Almasri

      June 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I hope it’s, but still he shouldn’t have suggested that he would consider an offer from a major rival.

      Anyways check out this latest tweet from Nasri….very interesting: “I just want tell you dont listen the newspaper and the rumours i will let you know if something happen”.

      Cheers and take care,


  14. MistaKen

    June 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    If Nasri goes it has to be Hazard every time if Wenger really is serious about winning trophies. If Fabrigas goes replace him with Schweinstiger. This is what serious teams do and Arsenal can afford it.

  15. Omar Almasri

    June 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you all for commenting, interesting comments and some critiques which are always welcome.

    I just want to say all Gooners that no player is irreplaceable, not Nasri, nor Fabregas, not anyone. If a player leaves, no matter how good he is, doesn’t mean it will be all doom and gloom. That’s what everyone said when Overmars left, that’s what everyone said when Vieira left, that’s what everyone said when Henry left the club, that Arsenal will turn into a mid-table club and that we will never be fighting for Champions League spots. Has that happened? No, it has not…. fine we haven’t won trophies that this great club and fans deserve and the team has bottled it, when they were so close to achieving it, but we haven’t sunk or tanked or became a midtable club.

    No player is irreplaceable and is bigger than the club. We will not tank if a top player leaves, we will not sink, and we will not be doomed. We always bounce back because we are Arsenal, we are the Gunners.

    Cheers and take care everyone,


  16. pratyaksh

    June 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

    It has to be jesus navas..or it could be eden hazard….rest r not good for arsenal…

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