Monday, 13 June 2011

Kroenke "agrees" to Nasri's wage demands - Gervinho makes Arsenal pledge

Morning Gooners.

It seems as though there might be some positive movement in the Samir Nasri deal as the Daily Mail are reporting that Stan Kroenke has given the club's hierarchy permission to increase our offer to the Frenchman.

This line about Kroenke becoming involved in the deal to rubber stamp a new improved offer is not new as it first appeared in the Sunday Express yesterday. However following Arsene Wenger's comments to the French media yesterday about Nasri, it does seem to be plausible.

The Mail report that Nasri will be offered a deal which is nearer to the £110,000 a week he was seeking and includes a number of lucrative performance based bonuses.

Wenger said of the Nasri situation:
 "We will do everything to keep Nasri at the club. My wish is that he stays here. 
 "If he looks back he can see that he's come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do. It's the club that makes the player's career."
So it looks to be a case of waiting to see whether this offer will be the one which gets Nasri to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Another player Wenger is determined to keep is Cesc Fabregas.

The manager said:

"I will be pretty clear about this. For me, Fabregas is with Arsenal for a long time and he will stay with Arsenal. 
"It sometimes happens that the rumour can make the transfer. 
"Next year will see the introduction of the financial fair play system, which will limit the big transfers. 
"I think this is the last year that the summer will be hot - very hot."

It does seem that Wenger is not yet ready to sell our captain despite reports of a deal last summer. We'll have to wait and see how this one plays out as well, but they are very positive words from the manager. You can't imagine a manager who always honours his contract agreeing to allow one of his players to leave when Wenger wants to keep him at the club.

I think he would have told Cesc that he also should honour the contract he signed which will keep him at Arsenal until June 2015.

L'Equipe says Gervinho has given Wenger his word he'll join, this was obviously in the strictest confidence as he tells Sky Sports he's got nothing new to add on the matter. It's got to happen hasn't it?

Another deal I'd like us to get done just so I don't have to write about it any more is our move for Gary Cahill. The Daily Mail say we're going to offer Bolton Ignasi Miquel on loan as part of a deal.

Would that be because we don't want to pay the £17m which would set off the clause in his contract which would allow us to buy him? I can't see the manager paying that sort of money for a player who only has a year left on his deal, especially when he wouldn't spend under £10m to get Chamakh two summers ago and instead waited to get him on a free deal.

Tonight sees the Arsenal Supporters Trust Q&A with Ivan Gazidis which I'm sure will be very interesting and hopefully shed some light on what our new majority shareholder has in store.

And finally Robin van Persie has denied saying anything bad about English players partying too much.

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