Samir Nasri’s exit from Arsenal has drawn closer after an apparent argument with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, The Mirror reports.
The midfielder was left at home as the Gunners travelled to Portugal for a weekend friendly against Portuguese side Benfica and was unhappy with the decision. Manchester City are said to be ready with a £22m bid after Nasri and Wenger clashed on the flight back from the club’s pre-season tour of Asia, according to reports.
Relations between the pair are at an all-time low and Nasri’s transfer could be finalised before the start of the new Premier League season. The French midfielder may only be allowed to move however, if a deal can be struck for Valencia playmaker Juan Mata.
Mata has been a subject of a move to the Emirates Stadium after his impressive performances at the Under 21 Championships for Spain this summer, but the valuation that Valencia have placed on the Spaniard could prove to be extortionate for Wenger’s usual transfer fees.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained the reasons behind leaving Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas out of his squad for the trip to Benfica this weekend, arsenal.com reports.
The Gunners have taken 19 players to Lisbon for the Eusebio Cup, but some of Arsenal’s key players are missing from the squad. Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere will also not travel to the game and Wenger has cited injuries as the main reasons behind the omissions.
Wenger said: ‘Walcott is back in training, but he is not ready just yet. Wilshere is injured on his ankle and it is very difficult to set a concrete deadline on his comeback. Nasri has a muscular problem. Cesc is just coming back from injury and he is not ready to play in the game’.
The manager was also pressed on the speculation surrounding Cesc Fabregas, but refused to offer any answer over a move from Barcelona for the Spanish midfielder.
Wenger stated: ‘I do not want to speak about the transfer of Fabregas, because I have done that three years now in every press conference, so I don’t think there is any more need to add something. I love Fabregas and I want him to stay, which is basically it’.
Bartley positive on Rangers loan.
Young Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley has said that he is looking forward to his season long loan at reigning SPL champions Rangers, Sky Sports reports.
The 20 year old completed his move to the Glaswegians after a successful period at Ibrox last season. Bartley’s time was cut short by injury and despite having options to remain in England, Bartley has revealed that he stated to manager Ally McCoist that he would come back to Rangers.
Bartley said: ‘I stated when I left Rangers last season that I thought I had unfinished business. My aim was to come back to Rangers and keep playing games. I spoke to the manager a few times over the last few weeks and explained that I wanted to be playing games and to play as much as possible.’
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