Arsenal news – Nasri close to City deal, Song given ban, Wilshere battling injuries

Nasri close to City deal.

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri looks set to complete his switch to Manchester City, reports BBC Sport.

The want-away midfielder hasn’t been shy about his preference to move away from the Emirates after Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, which was completed on Monday. City have reportedly agreed a fee of in excess of £25m for the midfielder.

Nasri only has 12 months remaining on his current contract and having rejected a new deal offered by Arsenal, Wenger has deemed it prudent to receive a good sum of money for the Frenchman rather than risk losing him for free next season.

The 24-year-old hit back at the Arsenal fans who were chanting derogatory things about him during the game at Newcastle by posting on his Twitter page.

Nasri said: “I heard what the fans were singing about me on Saturday and it is really disrespectful because I’m still an Arsenal player.”

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Song given ban.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has been dealt a three-match ban after accepting a violent conduct charge, Sky Sports reports.

The charge comes after Song’s stamp on Newcastle’s Joey Barton during the goalless drew at St. James Park last Sunday. The match referee Peter Walton missed the incident but the Football Association decided the stamp was enough to reprimand Song after studying video footage.

The player shortage for the Gunners continues after Gervinho’s red card during the game compounded with Song’s ban for the same three-game period means they will both miss the next three Premier League games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea.

Wilshere battling injuries.

Jack Wilshere looks set to miss the next three Premier League games as he continues to battle with injuries, reports ESPN.

The Arsenal team was already looking threadbare recently, even before the suspensions of Gervinho and Alex Song were dished out. With Wilshere still struggling to be fit, it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will risk the young midfielder in order to cope with the suspensions and transfer departures.

The 19-year-old looks set to miss the games against Liverpool and Manchester United, also the game at Udinese in the Champions League which is sandwiched in between these two hugely crucial Premier League games for the Gunners.

The England midfielder was seen leaving the first-leg of the Champions League qualifying game against Udinese on Tuesday wearing a protective boot on his ankle which doesn’t bode well for Arsenal fans.

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