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“Nasri Has Told Wenger He Will Stay At Arsenal”

Samir Nasri has told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he will stay at the club for at least next season, according to Guillm Balague.

Nasri has been subject to intense speculation about his future this summer after he refused to sign a contract extension. Man City and Man Utd were both interested in the midfielder with a fee of £20m mooted. However, Arsene Wenger ruled out selling to a rival club and maintained Nasri would be forced to see out the remaining year on his contract despite the risk of losing a prized asset for nothing in a years time.

Reports resurfaced last week suggesting Nasri could still make a move this summer with some of Arsenal’s hierarchy looking to over-rule Wenger and accept City’s £20m offer. However, according to Balague, Nasri has now told Wenger he is happy to remain in North London for the coming season, and the Spanish journalist even suggested Nasri could be persuaded to sign a new contract if the Gunners have a good start to the season and a strong run in the Champions League.

Listen to Balague’s interview in full here




  1. hec

    August 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I have supported Arsenal since the late 60`s the end of the Wright saga , and this will be the first season , I will be able to have no stress watching them , why ? because the management of Arsenal is a farce , Nasri doing us a big favour staying for another year, losing Mata , cannot get rid of our dross players, Denilson going on a years loan and thinking he`ll come back then and play for as he says a team of non winners, the whole management is a shambles and the sooner we drop some serious points which we will with our team the quicker we can get rid of the Frenchman.

    • Spectrum

      August 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

      hec – Here here.Fully agree.
      “In Arsene we rust.”

    • Weedz

      August 2, 2011 at 11:53 am


  2. apam sir-ayindago

    August 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I think wenger shld be given some space to recruite the right many trophies have Real won for the past 3 seasons?.the equation here is spending big does not guarantee trophies but the right player for job…

  3. Ste

    August 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Hard not to agree with you Hec. Arsenal fans being dragged through the hedges of late. Seriously need to grow some balls and stop some of these players from thinking their the cheese. If not committed on a long term contract then see ye… 20 million thank you very much

  4. legoon

    August 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have been a gooner since the mid 70s and its making me sick how these 2bob 1 season wonders can hold my beloved arsenal to ransom.sell him I could never cheer him in an arsenal shirt he is laughing at us the mug

  5. Carmelo pace

    August 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    please mr wenger,dont let SCROOGE take you or arsenal for a ride,either an 5 year contract,or sell the midget,dont let him go free

  6. Griff

    August 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Nasri is going to get ripped. He has put himself in a position where if he doesn’t perform, the crowd will turn spastic on him and the team is going to suffer yet again. Just get rid of him and Fabregas and move on.

  7. Donnie

    August 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    i think this is the fabrigas situation from last year.
    i belive that if arsenal would of won anything this seasin fabrigas would of stayed at arsenal.

    and i think its the same with nasri this year if we win something this season
    he stays.
    if we dont
    his off

    • Griff

      August 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      The difference is, Fabregas has put 8 years into Arsenal and has been Arsenal’s best player for most of that time, where he’s gained respect from the fans. Nasri has been good for about 4 months.

  8. dean ibrahim

    August 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Hey guys i am an arsenal fan 4 some time now and i think 1 of da problem that i realised last season its our dependers and alex songs always living em alone 2 go forward with the rest f the attacking plays and thats really bad so i guess what am tryin 2 sy iz plz winger shuld ask alex song this coming season 2 be remaining more in his actual position cz am sure when he did that our depend wil got some ease too and our miedfeld wil b more strong!!

    • me

      August 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      learn to spell please kid.

      • Aussie Jack

        August 2, 2011 at 12:09 am

        Why? Nobody else can……I`ve spent a lifetime improving my English now it`s jungle talk…dis…dat…u…4…cos.
        I need a translator.

        • goonercen

          August 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

          why? you seem to know it quite well!!!
          must be a cain toad? or a kiwi masquarding as an aussie?

      • allezgooner

        August 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        Maybe Dean Ibraham isn’t English? In which case I commend him or is attempts. I would, however, encourage him to take a look at English punctuation.
        If, on the other hand, English is his mother tongue, then you’re right, he should be ashamed of himself.

    • chyd

      August 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Pls, learn how to write english the way it should be written,not writing as if you are writing sms. Stop using short form of words because it’s everybody that understands that.

    • afc

      August 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Your spelling contradicts your statement of supporting arsenal “4 some time”.

  9. Ganiyu samuel

    August 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Well i think wenger need to sign at least two more players if we are to be victorious at the end of the day, that is one strong defender and one mildfieder..

  10. legoon

    August 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Let him go he is gonna fetch 20 mill min how can Any1 loyal to arsenal want him to stay

  11. nicky

    August 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I can claim to be an Arsenal fan since the mid-1930’s and have supported them through triumph and disaster for nearly 80 years. I see them now, in my declining years, as playing the most attractive football ever, the best trained and looked after and the best managed. You Gooners simply don’t know when you are well off. You are chronic moaners. If you can’t criticise the Manager, you pick on a player. The cost of living increases and so does ticket prices and you moan at that, conveniently forgetting the odd wage increase.
    It’s about time you appreciated your luck in supporting one of the most popular Clubs on the planet. Forget all the nonsense about the lack of silverware in recent years. Think instead of the attractive football you’ve witnessed and remember that 99% of UK Clubs and their supporters would give anything to copy the Arsenal style.
    Along with many old Supporters I may not live to see our Captain lift another trophy…..but so what. As long as I can watch the team play as they do, I count my blessings. So should you all.

    • Griff

      August 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      I agree that Arsenal fans have been spoiled but sadly our latest ‘style’ appears to be to score enough goals to win a match and then throw it away. The 4-4 against Newcastle last season just sums up this Arsenal side. Breathtaking one second and then absolute garbage the next. You can’t blame fans for being frustrated. Wenger admits we need to strengthen up in defence and so far he’s sold a 1st choice defender to a rival club and not replaced him. It’s getting tedious.

    • Michael Staley

      August 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

      I agree with you 100%, nicky. I love the way this team for the most part plays sych flowing, attacking football. It’s a joy to watch. Though I’d like to team to win trophies, I wouldn’t want it to be at the expense of the attractive style of play.

      • rock-dj

        August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

        No ones saying you can’t play good football and not win things.we all know where we suffer in games,its not to much to ask to sign a decent centre back were awesome going forward but lack at the back!

    • Tobz

      August 2, 2011 at 4:14 am

      Best wishes and great shout Nicky, I completely agree.
      Some of these so called fans have no idea what it really means to ‘support’ your team, I suggest some of you go and look up the word. My first game was at Highbury back in the grim old days with players the likes of Ian Ure, we didn’t win anything and it certainly wasn’t beautiful but I fell in love with the club. The fact that Arsenal play some of the most attractive football on the planet is a massive bonus . . .

    • goonercen

      August 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

      well said!!! you are a credit to all that is THE ARSENAL!!!

    • DanGooner

      August 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thumbs up Nicky, Great piece.
      Think everyone who goes to the emirates needs to read that nicky, before they go to their next game they watch. if in fact they do? Unless i can get a season ticket off a pal then i’m afraid anywhere i sit in that stadium IS like a bloody library. It’s OUR job to get behind the team no matter what. Was disgusted at the weekend when watching against Boca when we started singing and there was a couple of people behind us saying shhh, sit down…could’ve strangled them. Please, please get behind the team this year and make plenty of noise too for ARSENAL IS A GREAT CLUB and we don’t appreciate the work everyone is doing there nearly enough in my opinion.

    • patrick

      August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      How as I dont want to argue with you because of your great age, I would like to point out a few things. Firstly, we pay the highest gates in the whole of the footballing world and we deserve a competitive team.

      Secondly, we have been so nearly there in the last few years only to fold up at the run-in for the title, something alway seems to stop us. We all know that it is the defense, afterall, you dont get to concede the most number of goals at set pieces for nothing.

      Thirdly, the board has been playing pass the buck for the last few years with the manager. One minute we have got all the money in the world to improve our squad, but the mean manager does not like to spend, and then the next minute, we discover that we did not have the money afterall.

      We all want the same thng, Arsenal winning the premiership and the FA Cup and I pray that you live to see us do it again.

  12. Patrick

    August 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Much as I’ll hate to see Nas leave us, I will refer him to leave now and in the process give us a bit of fund for a capable replacement. The only snag in this is the penchant of the board to pocket all receipts from transfers and come come out pretending as if nothing has happened. This is symtomatic of an obessity patient, secret and sometimes not so secret eater.

  13. legoon

    August 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Nick I commend you but nasri is a nasty human being greedy it almost wants to make me stop going to watch the team I love with shit like him in it.its about a bit of loyalty boss

  14. uche

    August 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Like Wright once said, since when did Arsenal become an academy? why should we groom players and let them leave at d end for d sake of money? Letz get it straight here, we are not a poor club to always put money first. I think Nasri should stay, and I also believe the reception Henry received from the Gunners fans at d Emirate yesterday is something that could have inspired him to stay. Who wouldn’t want to be a legend? But come to think of it, what was Henry telling Nasri yesterday after game? “Boy, don’t u wanna be like me; giving this kind of warm welcome someday?” Trust me, Henry must have asked him not to leave!

  15. legoon

    August 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    He don’t care wot our legend says.ever heard the song money talks.that’s nasri all over.and Wenger and that hillwood ain’t got a clue

  16. JEE

    August 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    what do we need Nasir and Feb for? both can go,sell Fabregas for 35Million Pounds and Nasir for 20Million then we will have 55 Million to buy quality players,Wenger should know his job is online but because he is making money for the broad of stupid directors they can not sack him.6 years and not a rubber cup 4 a big club as ARSENAL, they cannot even win their own cup.The Emirates cup.SHAME

  17. Vindotech

    August 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I think wenger has lost it all with his penny pinch atitude,signing he would have made earlier like man u and others for cheap are now on the high thereby making him dizzy,he is sick in the head with his director in the process loosing most of our prefered options to other clubs that knows their worth,look at mata’s case,alvaro, carzalo etc,he wants cheap articles like sqilaci and free agents that are unproductive,and can’t even get clubs to collect his trashed woods of players from him,too bad,lower the price of bentner,ebue,djourou,sqilaci,then collect whatever barca comes up with and let fab go,if nasri refuse to sign a new contract,let him go and as a matter of urgency,today, 2morrow get samba,cahill or phil, benzema or lakuku and a midfilder so that they could blend as much as they could before the new season kicks off,stop fooling around,remember its either a silverware or your exit your shares in the club not withstanding,its time for seriousness,up gooners and best of luck in the new season

    • DanGooner

      August 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      well wasn’t that productive,
      you should just keep schtum mate. yeah, we should just buy him,him,him,him and him and just simply get rid of all them and then we’ll win. ha ha. it ain’t champ manager we’re talking about here…it’s arsenal, remember, in the real world! think someone should stop reading transfer gossip and forums. And leave wenger be, if it wasn’t for him we’d be in a similar situation as spurs right now still with an old stadium and no champions league. although i suppose if we did get rid of Wenger we could get…..VINDOTECH!

  18. Wayne

    August 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    How much longer do we put up with Wenger and the lack of buying top players. Wenger has had long enough and 6 years without a trophy says it all and this season we will be worse unless he buys. Most other managers would have been sacked by now. Time to pay up and get the players we want or say goodbye Wenger. Your losing the plot.

  19. Aussie Jack

    August 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

    At the end of last season I have to admit I thought Wenger would realize it was make or break for him unless he did what he promised “to be very active in the transfer window”. So,for what it`s worth, I supported him. Looks like I got egg on my face. Since a boy in the 1940`s I`ve always referred to Arsenal as “we”, sadly I don`t feel part of the family anymore.

  20. Ubah sunday

    August 2, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Arsene Wenger should just cash in on stupid samir who used to be our favourite as well as Fabrigas who in one way cost us the C L with his back pass and replace them with Mata and Rodallega …gunner 4lif

  21. true gooner

    August 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I’m getting sick and tired of the same old reteric. “make big money signings”. How many big money signings has Wenger actually made???? I emplore you all to shut your mouths and take some reality pills. The most amout spent buy Wenger during his tenure is one Jose Antonio Reyes….Look what happend there!! cost was a reported 17 mil. everyone of Wengers stars have been moulded at Arsenal rather than paying top dollar for someone proven. I’ll admit that Wenger IS digging his own grave with theis self sustaining mantra, reluctance in the transfer market and if this issue with Mata’ contract rings true and we missed out because his buyout clause expired then Wenger needs to go. or atleast take a step back and work souly on youth development while we get a mamnger whos is able to buy the players he wants without trying the bargain basement first. I understasnd the fans who have been watching Arsenal long before I was even born but I dont agree that because things have been worse then we should be gratefull of what we have. Thats just botty water. just because we have been in worse situations it dose not mean that we have to accept our imediate short cummings and that we will not win the league for sometime.
    I will support my team through thick and thin its not something that will go away I just wish that fans and board can start seeing eye to eye.

    • goonercen

      August 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

      the biggest club in the world (barca) can not or will not meet our asking price for cesc!! yet we (wenger) according to u muppets?, is suppose to go in to every club with their asking price? pls, grow the f### up!!!! you dont have a clue how things are done in the real world!!

  22. legoon

    August 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

    How can we see I to I there all Tossers on the board

  23. Franklyn

    August 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Arsenal need to sign more players to keep the other players. Samba,Jags,Hazard and Mata is needed in our squad.Arsene should spend like 60mil

    • DanGooner

      August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      and i suppose 60 million would get all four yeah? perhaps we could all chip in, anyone got any spare nectar points. lol

  24. Andyand

    August 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This is a no brainer really. Sell the kid for like £20m, pick up Scott Parker for almost nothing and give him Nasris wage. I recon a motivated Parker is like 50 times better than a greedy french mup. As for Fab, if he wants to go, sell him. Thanks for everything and good luck. Same goes for the Dane and Eboue. This could give us up to £60-70m to get in players like Jags, Mata, Cahill. Otherwise, please take your coat Mr. Wenger, you’ll find the tube station in Gillespie Road on your left hand side.

  25. 3love

    August 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    winger should buy an English defenders and mata before transfer window close.l will everly support wenger if he signs this players mata’cahill and jagieka.

  26. GunnerPete

    August 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Arsene should say you only play for us if you sign a new 2 years contract and then let him move to City in January for £25 mill. Otherwise put him up for sale to all…now!

  27. GunnerPete

    August 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    The alternative is to sell Nasri now for the top price he can get and get Parker & Barton for next to nothing. We can then afford the world class defenders we need so very badly and let Cesc go too. I think we would then be very hard to beat.

  28. Samuel kanu

    August 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Please my fellow arsenal fans, i rather we should not bleme nasri or cesc for their decition, let us insted put our legs on their shoe, the joy of every player is not all about money, but trupheys. Fab has spend many years with us but nothing to boast for, they are great players that need some joy like other players. Most of his mate even people behind him are now medal’s holders. Wenger should instruct Song to remain in 4, should not leave, get good defenders not djuoru and squlacci. Please mata, cahil and jejieka are good choice to boast the capabilities of the club. Thanks

  29. GUNNE

    August 3, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Pls. all those old crap supporters should just keep quiet. we need to spend on quality players if arsenal want to be great again. Big & great club are known by winning trophy and that is Barca they playing good football too. Playing without trophy is useless. So stop all your 1930, 1970‘ bullshit!

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