‘Committed’ Nasri set to stay at Arsenal after City talks ‘break down’
Samir Nasri now looks likely to be staying at Arsenal after talks between the Gunners and Manchester City reportedly broke down.
The 24-year-old was surprisingly handed a start in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, despite mass speculation suggesting that the ex-Marseille midfielder was ‘close’ to securing a move to the Etihad Stadium.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Nasri is ‘committed’ and has had a ‘terrific attitude in training’, although City boss Roberto Mancini remained hopeful yesterday that a deal could still be concluded.
“I don’t know why [Nasri hasn’t signed yet], but it is probably because he is a good player, or because there is some problem [with negotiations]”, said Mancini.
Reliable French TV channel Canal + revealed that their sources close to Emirates Stadium claimed that the deal had hit a stumbling block and Nasri would be staying put – until at least the end of the season.
When questioned about reports claiming that Nasri’s move has broken down, Wenger told reporters “I don’t know more about that than you”.