The Daily Star claims Samir Nasri will see out his contract at Arsenal. No surprise there. Why? Arsene Wenger has hinted he would keep Nasri, despite Manchester City’s reported £20m bid.
While it has been pointed out to me by a Spurs fan that Nasri was Arsenal’s best player last season, £20m is a lot of money to turn down for a guy who will almost definitely leave for free next summer. Can we get him to sign a new deal next year? Unlikely. Unless we’re prepared to pay a £10m signing-on fee as well as competing with the likes of Man City in terms of wages. I can’t see it myself.
I also can’t see any consistency in our dealings with Man City. We’ve cashed in on Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and more recently Gael Clichy, but we baulk at selling Nasri to them. I just don’t get it.
Meanwhile, a player who has a long time left on his Arsenal deal, Cesc Fabregas, still seems jammed in the revolving exit door. He’s neither in nor out. Why can’t the club bring this to a swift conclusion. Instead of ‘conclusion’ we get ‘confusion’. Surely that’s not good for our pre-season plans.
Finally, yet another undisclosed fee passes hands as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas leaves for Ipswich. We’ve received around £1m apparently. Some fans will be really disappointed to see him go but, to be honest, I didn’t really see him as a first-team player for us. We’ve let some really good youngsters leave in recent times, and I was more upset about us letting Sebastian Larrson, Fabrice Muamba and Jay Simpson leave the club. Nevertheless, I wish Emmanuel-Thomas well and feel sure he’ll be a regular at Ipswich, who will be pushing for promotion to the Premier League next season. So it probably won’t be long before we see Emmanuel-Thomas back at the Emirates.
At least there’s consistency in our youth policy. We make them, we rate them, then make some ‘cake’ from them!