Nasri’s Position Pivotal To Arsenal’s Short Term Success

By on July 11, 2011

Arsenal face the real prospect of struggling to qualify for Champions League football if want away French maestro Samir Nasri does eventually leave the club to ply his silky trade for another club; be it in Manchester or on the continent.

The importance of Nasri and skipper Cesc Fabregas to the North London club is of such a magnitude that to lose both of them in a summer seemingly poised to smack of revolution rather than evolution for the Gunners would be bearing on catastrophic. It is without doubt that the money generated in their sales would be of great use, with £60million, if reports are to be believed, coming into the club. The problem that manager Arsene Wenger has to face, however, is that there simply aren’t players around in the transfer market who can even begin to replicate the quality and brilliance that the two midfielders have brought to the club for the last few seasons.

The seemingly sudden way in which Nasri’s contract discussions have spiralled into one of the biggest transfer stories of the close season has probably taken a lot of people, including those close to the club, by complete surprise. Nasri, along with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, played a starring role in the early months of the season as he finally began to add multiple goals to all his round fantastic approach play. Skilful, fast and visionary, the 23 year old Frenchman earned plenty of plaudits before a dip in form, perhaps due to tiredness that was a result of Arsenal’s energetic foray into the latter stages of four competitions, saw him fall away slightly from the spotlight. Still, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year, a testament to his phenomenal early season form. All seemed well, and the Arsenal hierarchy stepped in earlier this summer with an attractive offer of a four year deal and £90,000 a week. To see Nasri turn down the offer was surprising. To see the situation now, merely a fortnight later, where it is believed that he has told Arsenal that he wants to leave and that Manchester City have agreed a fee for the player, is quite astounding.

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Many Arsenal fans have come to accept that Fabregas will go back to Barcelona this summer. To also see Nasri leave, especially if it is to join a fierce rival who will battle with them for the Premiership title and Champions League qualification, would surely be very difficult to comprehend. Arsenal play the most attractive football in the Premiership, and many believed that substance added to the subtlety, purchases of players like the rumoured Gary Cahill’s, Chris Samba’s and Jose Enrique’s, would help Arsenal to end their six year search for silverware. Instead, it is the subtlety that looks destined to depart, leaving the club with little scope to bring in players of similar quality. The Ivorian Gervinho, albeit with a fantastic record in the French League whilst playing for dominant Champions Lille, will need time to settle into his new surroundings if his transfer goes through as expected. Aside from this, no other players seem close to moves to the Emirates; paper talk linked players like Stewart Downing and Kevin Doyle to the club, and both are excellent, Premiership proven players in their own right. Neither are nearly as masterly as Nasri or Fabregas.

The continuation of strength in depth from Manchester United and Chelsea, obscene wealth of Manchester City and resurgence of Liverpool suggests that the Gunners are the club currently looking over their shoulders rather than confidently looking up. It is a slow burner of a situation that began in agony last season; self-inflicted defeat at Wembley to Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final, a game almost everybody expected Arsenal to win, raised questions about the club’s mental strength. The well documented collapse that followed underscored the questions. If the instigators of the craft and guile that Arsenal are now renowned for move on, then it will be both the skill set and the desire to win that will be lacking within the club. It is such a serious situation that it may even spell the end for Arsene Wenger, the club’s most successful manager. Ironically, it is he who will have to do his utmost in order to keep his best players at the club as well as bringing in quality arrivals to add to an impressive, yet under-achieving squad. If Fabregas is a lost cause, then the tying of Nasri to a new long term contract is of vital importance to the short term future of Arsenal.

Should Samir Nasri stay at Arsenal? Please leave a comment below:

 

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12 Comments

  1. kabir

    July 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    We need Nasri in our team .AW must make sure that he sign new contract for us.

  2. Del-xsanctus irodi jnr

    July 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Am a strong fan of arsenalfc, Nasir nd fabregas. Wenger should not let nasir go even if he can hold fabregas from going let the arsenal board nd it manager increase nasir wage to 110 or 120 a week. Nasir is a playmaker which many managers knows about it. Thnks

  3. Nnamdi

    July 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    considerin Arsenal inconsistency for d past 6yrs and their desire to lift a silverware this season, i strongly suggest that aresenal should not allow nasri to leave cos he is d only player who has fully established himself with many outstandin goals to his credit, meanwhile i dont see any prospective player who can fill in his huge creativity n quick respons, he is highly needed in that team if arsenal are sure of liftin trophy next comin season

  4. Nnamdi

    July 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    considerin Arsenal inconsistency for d past 6yrs and their desire to lift a silverware this season, i strongly suggest that arsenal should not allow nasri to leave cos he is d only player who has fully established himself with many outstandin goals to his credit, meanwhile i dont see any prospective player who can fill in his huge creativity n quick respons, he is highly needed in that team if arsenal are sure of liftin trophy next comin season

  5. steve

    July 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    IS WENGER STARTING TO MAKE HIS EXCUSES
    ALREADY,FOR THE CRAP SEASON HE’S GOING TO HAVE.I WISH SOMEONE WOULD TELL THE
    “PROFESSOR”YOU DON’T GET POINTS FOR PRETTY FOOTBALL,ONLY IF YOU WIN,HOW MANY
    TIME DO WE READ,ARSENAL HAD75% OF THE
    BALL AND LOST,3-1 DON’T LETS TALK ABOUT
    THE NEWCASTLE 4 ARSENAL 4 WE PLAYED SOME PRETTY FOOTBALL THAT DAY,AND SO DID
    OUR OUR DEFENCE, IT WAS HEARTBREAKING,
    WHEN IS THAT THICK FRENCHMAN GOING TO START LISTENING TO PEOPLE,IF HE’S STILL
    WITH ARSENAL NEXT SEASON,I’M OFF,I WOULD
    SOONER WATCH THE KIDS IN THE PARK IT’S
    CHEAPER,AND YOU SEE MORE EFFORT FROM THE KIDS.I’LL REPEAT WHAT THOUSANDS OF
    ARSENAL SUPPORTERS ARE SAYING “WENGER OUT AND SOON”.

  6. ranji

    July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    cesc has been in arsenal all along and we dd not win anything so has nasri so i think its best they leave because they hearts are also elsewhere and tht s a mental blow to arsenal we can use the 60m and invest in other players and focus on the future sell them wenger the earlier the better

  7. brad

    July 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I WAS PLEASED TO READ TODAY,THAT APPROX:
    13,000 ARSENAL SUPPORTERS HAVE REFUSED
    TO BUY THERE SEASON TICKETS FOR NEXT
    SEASON,PERHAPS THIS WILL WAKE UP THE
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS,AND SHAREHOLDERS,HIT
    EM, WHERE IT HURTS MOST,AND THATS THE POCKET,”GET YOUR CHEQUE BOOK OUT WENGER”
    BETTER STILL RESIGN.

  8. Nonyleo

    July 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    If Arsene wenger want good thins to happened in the club let him try hes best 4 Nasri 2 sign New 5 or 4 years more. Cause if not it will be a big lost 4 Arsenal. Up gunners 4 life

  9. Jazbo

    July 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Boy oh boy, another crap Arsenal post, what with you boys in your bedrooms with nothing to do but write crap.
    Get alife boys, better still go find another club to support and bitch about,we don’t need you!!!!!

    • tonyappleton

      July 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Just thought I’d reply to Jazbo and make things clear, in no way shape or form am I an Arsenal fan! I support Nottingham Forest. Thought I’d write the article as I think Nasri’s an excellent talent and one of the best players in the Prem, therefore making the situation of him potentially leaving Arsenal rather interesting. Sorry if you think its crap, I’m sure you can write much better articles and I look forward to reading them. Also Dan Onley haha good work!!

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  11. DanOnley

    July 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I think its time that Tottenham shine and show why they are the real pride of London, like they always were and always will be! UP THE YIDS! . . . as for Nasri, if he goes he will probably go to City or Chelsea, gunners will then be battling for any european football at all the season after! time up wenger! chop chop . .

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