The Reason Samir Nasri Want’s Man Utd Move….And It’s Not Trophies!
It started in the gossip columns; Manchester United wanted Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and would do as much as possible to cause unrest among Arsenal and the player, to persuade him to move. With only 12 months on his contract, and a reluctance to sign a ne…
It started in the gossip columns; Manchester United wanted Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and would do as much as possible to cause unrest among Arsenal and the player, to persuade him to move. With only 12 months on his contract, and a reluctance to sign a new deal, it seemed possible, but it was all just rumours, and Wenger announced that he would certainly not sell the player to United. Now however, it seems things have changed, with even the Independent claiming that United have “begun talks” with Nasri’s representatives.
I was shocked at first, as I was sure that it was nothing but a little humorous speculation which would irritate Arsenal fans, while Nasri would just hold out for a better Arsenal deal. But now it looks as if a deal really is on, which would see Nasri cross a line that would turn Nasri from a “prince”, to a “king” as his French compatriot, Patrice Evra put it.
There is a huge rivalry between United and Arsenal, obviously not a local one, but one between two title challenging sides, two big, globally renowned football clubs, and you would have to ask, why would Nasri do it? Well, the immediately obvious answer seems clear: he wants to win trophies. So far in his Arsenal career, he has not won a single trophy, and has always had to settle for second best. Patience is clearly key in Wenger’s long term plan, but for top players who have careers lasting on average around 15-20 years, trophies are a virtue, and Nasri knows United can provide him with that.
Since Nasri joined Arsenal in 2008 for the 08-09 season, Manchester United have won two Premier League trophies and two League cup trophies, while Arsenal have seen no silverware caress their hands at all. It is frustrating for everyone involved at the club, and a player like Nasri who has clear quality and could cut it in any Premier League side, understandably has a competitive hunger for trophies. But there may also be another reason he wants out of Arsenal.
Nasri has been played out of position for a large part of this season. Thanks to Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere’s progress together in the middle, Nasri has been forced out wide. At the start of the season, Nasri clearly didn’t have a problem with turning the role into a personally successful one, emerging as Arsenal’s best, most effective and influential players in that half of the season. But he made no bones about telling everyone where his favoured position is. Nasri has said:
“That’s where I play best, that’s how I was formed. In every age group at youth level, I often played through the middle. I’ve been playing out wide for two years with Arsenal but feel more at ease in the centre of the pitch.”
The chalkboard here is a clear example of Nasri’s frustrations as a winger. Starting out wide against Fulham obviously did not impress Nasri, who came inside frequently into his preferred position playing in and around the penalty area, creating chances from the middle.
It may be no coincidence that other Arsenal player played out of position such as Arshavin and Bendtner are looking to leave the club (in Arshavin’s case, rumoured to want to leave) too.
Can Manchester United give Nasri what he wants? Yes. Their search for Paul Scholes’s replacement would surely be over if the Frenchman joined United. Nasri has shown that he is a very stylish and intelligent play maker in the middle, possessing formidable vision that Scholes absolutely possessed. Lets not draw comparisons between the two, as it simply wouldn’t be fair, but Nasri does seem a natural replacement for the Englishman.
After spending a packet on Phil Jones and a load on Ashley Young too, Sir Alex will pleasantly welcome Nasri’s signing, which the Independent quoted to be worth only £8 million. This seems unrealistic considering the two clubs involved and Arsenal’s reluctance to let him go to Manchester United, but with only a year left on his contract, they surely do not want to risk him leaving for free.
If Nasri wants to win trophies, and if he wants to play in his favoured central position, then Manchester United is the place to be. It is just down to him now.
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