(Bleacher Report) The saga for Arsenal’s French midfielder Samir Nasri continues to rage on and on as there is still no definite answer to whether the player will be leaving the Emirates or remaining to help the Gunners try and regain ground in the Premier League.
Nasri has been linked with a number of teams including both Manchester United and Manchester City, with the Citizens attempting to lure him away just as they did his French National team mate and former Arsenal full back Gael Clichy.
The player could leave on a free transfer next summer if there is no agreement for him to sign an extension, and it seems more and more likely that he will not.
It would be hard for Wenger to accept missing out on a possible transfer fee for the player, but if his Captain Cesc Fabregas moves to Barcelona, he may have no choice but to try to keep Nasri.
Wenger knows it is a touchy situation for his club, the fans, and especially himself as he has failed to bring a trophy home since the club left Highbury to take up shelter in the cavernous Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s official site released this statement from Wenger regarding Nasri on Friday:
“[It is] not completely [sorted that Samir will stay] but I want him to stay. He knows that. Hopefully we can sort that out in the coming weeks.”
The issue needs to be sorted as soon as possible, and although the midfielder is currently training with the club, it is not certain how long that could last.