Does Nasri ‘Love’ Arsenal & The Fans Enough To Stay One More Season?

By on August 22, 2011

Some football sides play music in the teams dressing room just before a match to gear up the players; get them fired up, ready to fight and ready to win. One song that may be on the Arsenal playlist would perhaps be “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, aimed not so subtly at one Samir Nasri.

True to the lyrics of the song, released five years before 24 year-old Nasri’s birth, the “indecisions are bugging me,” mainly because no one involved seems to know what is going on, and even Nasri himself is said be having second thoughts.

Wenger is of course reluctant to let go of Nasri, who has grown frustrated at a lack of trophies with the club he signed for three years ago, and with only 12 months left on his contract, he has two clear options; run down his contract and leave for free next season, or jump ship to Manchester City, who are supposedly close to a deal.

But as the French midfielder performed at he Emirates on Saturday, news filtered through that a deal with City had broken down over money differences. Wenger was oblivious to any of this, saying bluntly, “I don’t know,” after the loss to Liverpool, as is Roberto Mancini, who is just as in the dark as to why Nasri’s move has stalled.

Nasri has apparently told friends that it was his dream to join any one of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but having chosen the money of Manchester City over the esteem and success of his “dream” side United who had offered him a contract, he is now said to be regretting that decision.

However, United have since moved on, concentrating on their own youth, leaving Nasri with City or Arsenal to choose from, with the former offering over triple Arsenal’s offered weekly wages. On the face of it, it seems an easy decision for Nasri, who has complained in the past of always being second best in life.

City are very much on the rise, with the likes of £38 million Aguero being brought into the club, a club in the Champions League and realistically able to fight in all competitions this season with the size of their squad. Arsenal on the other hand have had a poor start to the season, with a board and manager cautious in spending money and without a trophy win in six years.

Arsene Wenger believes that Nasri, “loves the club,” and “he wants to play for the club.” If that is the case, the French midfielder should stay with Arsenal in this very difficult stage, with fans frustrated and perhaps losing faith in the management, and attempt the revive the form of the team. However, Wenger does seem to overestimate his players loyalty to him and Arsenal, with Nasri still quite keen to leave.

Arsenal need to ride out this rocky period during their long trophy draught, and Nasri can step up into Cesc Fabregas’ creative, controlling midfield position and soften the blow of losing the Spaniard to help sail through the storm rather than let Wenger suffer alone.

Gunners fans will have been encouraged by Nasri’s lively performance against Liverpool, and although they lost, exchanged applause with each other at the end of the game. Arsenal fans may have given him a rough time in their first League match, but make no mistake, Nasri is still a popular and very talented, important figure at Arsenal. The question is, are the Arsenal fans important enough to Nasri to make him stay on for one more season at least – the question is, should Nasri stay, or should he go?

Submitted by DBSFootball




  1. steve chilcott

    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Its simple if he signs a new contract great we’ll have him, if not then he must be sold

    • potter

      August 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm


    • chris from Cambridge

      August 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Exactly right, Steve. In fact what a stupid article. He can stay several seasons or no seasons.

  2. Henry Hawk

    August 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm


    You looked great in the Liverpool game on Saturday. Stay with the team and show everyone that you are a true ARSENAL SUPERSTAR

    Renegotiate a contract with Arsene and work with him and the youngsters to show everyone that Arsenal continues to be one of the top Football Clubs in European football.

    Be the leader we know you can be. Stay with us Samir.

    Go Gunners …

  3. s j little

    August 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Goodbye You are nowhere as good as Fabrigas. You quit when the going got difficult last season. Good riddens.
    Arsene will find better players.
    I will bet on Arsenal winning a cup this season and being at least 4th!
    Frimpong is just what the med field needed and the back four was the best
    back four I,ve seen at Arsenal since the
    Geo Graham days! They fought they threw
    themselves at every high ball. They surely showed us what Roseinly,Djourou andClichy etc didn,t have..fight,determination. I enjoyed
    watching them and if Walcott,V Persie and Arshaven were in their right positions and put some effort in Arsenal could have won but for Frimpong
    sending off. Why is V Persie Captain?
    Where is the leader that would stop Frimpong and Song from committing needless senseless fouls. Hardly V Persie who committed some of the silliest fouls any professional could think of. And who missed the best chance, why VP of course!

    • Perry S

      August 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Are you kidding with your RVP captain comment? Lets see, the guy has basically committed himself through and through to this club, loves the club dearly, pays homage to Wenger basically every time he’s in a press conference, scored 18 goals in 19 matches coming back from an extensive injury (last season), and himself has said he has matured to the point he believes he can lead. 2 games into the season and you’re calling our most committed player (along with Jackie boy) into question for being named captain? Get real.

  4. Biggy

    August 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Please stay and help AW in his fight with the board to pay our top players more realistically and avoid the yearly migration away from Arsenal.

  5. mahammed

    August 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Wenger stanup and give your players comfidens to win the leage.

  6. hugh williams

    August 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    if he stays he will leave for free next season then he can go to which ever club he wants

    • Biggy

      August 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      If we lost Nas at he end of the season and at he same time achieve some sort of stability which means that our best players are not inclined to leave us at the end of every season, would it not have been worth the pain?

      With much respect to our young guns, we need some more fire power in the midfield for this season and the consequence of not having it is unthinkable. The young ones should not be expected to shoulder all the burden of seeing us through this season surely. Ideally, they should be integrated into the team seamlessly in a marriage between experience and youth.

      The board needs to know that we cannot continue in the same way without damaging repercusions.

  7. Biggy

    August 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Just as an addendum, I know that no club could ordinarily be expected to match Shitey. But there is no reason why we cannot pay our top players as much as Manure and this is probably what rancors with the leavers.

  8. james zico

    August 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    if nasir dosen not want 2 sign a new contract is ok later him go will dont have to wait on till the contract expir will have sold him and get a new big players who can with our players but if he can sign contract is ok but will can still sign a big players to the club.

  9. JB

    August 23, 2011 at 12:17 am

    If Naser changes his mind and stays even just signing a 12 month contract to expire June 2013 – that really would be a new signing! as we’ve so nearly lost him. He has a quite different skill set to Cesc, but unique – flair more in the RVP mould. I sincerely hope he stays (but not to run out his contract and go for nought!)

  10. JayB

    August 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

    If Naser changes his mind and stays even just signing a 12 month contract to expire June 2013 – that really would be a new signing! as we’ve so nearly lost him. He has a quite different skill set to Cesc, but unique – flair more in the RVP mould. I sincerely hope he stays (but not to run out his contract and go for nought!)

  11. rogue assasin!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    id like to see nasri playing the arsenal shirts…!! i mean mann he is one heck of a player… short passes through balls is wat gunnaers are knwn for… i dont think he wud adjust easily at city…. arsenal is the best side for him….

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