Wenger Explains Decision To Sell Samir Nasri

By on August 24, 2011

Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to sell Samir Nasri on the eve of their big Champions League qualify away to Udinese.

The Gunners travel to Italy with a 1-0 advantage and will face a tricky game if they are to progress to the group stage. Wenger confirmed yesterday that Nasri is on his way to Eastlands after agreeing a fee with Manchester City.

Some have questioned Wenger’s judgment to make such a decision a day before such a big game, but Wenger said:

“You cannot think about only one game in the season, and there was some logic in the decision and also some business interest,” Wenger told Sky Sports News.

“Overall, you want players who are not playing thinking that they are leaving the next morning – it’s not ideal.

“So you want players who are completely committed to the long term to defend our chances.”

Wenger has come under criticism for not selling Nasri sooner. He added:

“It’s not naive but what you forget is, it doesn’t depend only on us.

“We wanted to sort these cases out very early after the summer, but it wasn’t possible. The pace is not only dictated by us unfortunately.”

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  1. muyiwa

    August 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    if we are not careful and bring experienced players to complement the youngsters in the team mark my word we would lose RVP, also i expect the wenger project to have started yielding dividend but it seems we are starting all over again with the departure ot two of our best players, who are the young players going to learn from.

  2. Ubermensch, Nigeria

    August 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I only we both would happen: us losing to Udinese and yet winning the much anticipated away and tricky tie.
    Well, by no means would I prefer the latter.
    I only wish whatever the result, some sense is beaten into AW’s l**ehaired-head.

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