Arsenal’s Samir Nasri is in the running to win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year award this year with Jack Wilshere also in contention for the Young Player of the Year award.
Nasri, who has been one of Arsenal’s key players this season, and Gareth Bale of Spurs are both nominated for the two awards and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told the Sky Sports that former Marseille midfielder has improved immensely this season: “When Arsenal are at their best, they are like Barcelona and Nasri is a key to their stylish passing game. Yet another player nurtured patiently by Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman has really come to the fore this season.”
Jack Wilshere is odds on favourite to win the Young Player of the year but faces competition from his French teammate as well as five other youngsters.
Taylor believes Wilshere has a great chance of winning the award this season: “He’s not the biggest or the tallest but he has a real zest for the game and is certainly not afraid to make a tackle. His control, his left foot, his perception and vision are exceptional. The world of football is really at his feet.”
Gunners eye Elmander.
Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander has been targeted as a potential signing by Arsene Wenger this summer, Metro has revealed.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Wenger believes he would be a good addition to the Arsenal side for next season.
The Frenchman faces competition from Serie A side Juventus and Turkish club Fenerbache for the signing of the striker.
Trotters boss Owen Coyle does not want to see his striker leave the Reebok this summer and will do everything he can to convince the player to stay, but admits the Swede may find the idea of playing European football too good to pass up: “When the season ends, we will certainly have one last go at trying to persuade him to sign a new contract. But if there is a club out there in the top bracket that can offer him the lure of Champions League football, then he will do what any player would. All players crave that sort of chance.”
Winterburn blasts team.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has blasted the current Gunners team, saying they have failed manager Arsene Wenger.
The former left-back who played over 400 games for Arsenal said the talented squad is “frustrating” and that they have let their manager down over the past few seasons.
Writing in his column for the Islington Gazette, Winterburn said: “It is frustrating for everybody connected with the club, and especially for Arsene himself. He has invested a lot of belief in this group of players and has backed them to the hilt for the last two seasons when everybody has been clamouring for him to buy big-name players.
“At times their football over the past two seasons has been superb – and we need to remember that they are second and not second from bottom – but once again it seems those players just haven’t delivered for him.
“I just wonder if he is now asking the same questions of the players that everybody else is.”