Sunday, 3 July 2011

Nasri's PR own goal - Alvarez deal hijacked? - Gervinho set to sign

Morning Gooners.

Let's start with Samir Nasri who has been speaking with the News of the World (£)

He said:
"Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken decisions from a football point of view.
"I don't want to sign for a club where I wouldn't be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn't feel happy, just for the sake of money.
"We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. This is more important than everything else."
He goes on to add:
"With no titles under your belt, you can't be in the list for the Ballon D'Or. I came to England to get trophies because I haven't won anything in my career, apart from an Under-17 European Championship in 2004."
Excuse me Samir.... Ballon D'Or... where has that come from? You must be joking... although I can't see the funny side. You have to be consistent to win trophies and personal prizes in football and when did playing well for one half of a season win a team or a player anything?

I laugh when he says the decision about signing a new contract isn't about money. That's where the talks fell down last season when the club weren't prepared to meet his demands and that was whilst he was performing at his most consistent in an Arsenal shirt since joining the club. It had nothing to do about winning trophies then, so come the end of the season when the team hasn't achieved it's goals, Samir has turned round and blamed our lack of success on him not wanting to stay.

Had he stepped up and performed we might have won one of the four competitions we pushed so hard to win this season. Instead when the games became tough, Nasri went missing. His heart for the fight wasn't there. He missed golden opportunities to help us win games.

When a footballer is already earning an amazing amount of money, what really is the difference in earning £20k a week more? An extra £1m a season. It's small change to a footballer who already has everything he'll ever need. What that money does do is boost his ego and that's one of the reasons the Frenchman wants more.

Let's remember he's still an Arsenal player... for now. This interview has done nothing to win me over, but then I've believed he'll leave this summer for months. If he wants to win things why doesn't he commit himself to Arsenal and repay the faith Arsene Wenger has put in him? We had an excellent chances last season to win a piece of silverware but the goals dried up when we needed them most and before that period Nasri was one of our most consistent goal scorers. Is he a winner?

Personally I'd sell him to the highest bidder. However I wouldn't sell to Manchester United, but then Fergie doesn't believe he'll sign him, if the Mail on Sunday are to be believed. Take the money and reinvest it in a player who has been able to produce the goods for an entire season. Someone who won't go missing after five months. Someone who actually wants to play for Arsenal.

That player might be Ricky Alvarez, but The People believe he could be heading toward Italy to join Inter Milan. Or could it be Stewart Downing? The Sunday Mirror think Arsene Wenger is going to bid £20m for the Aston Villa man. Can't see that myself. The player has been linked with Liverpool all summer and is obviously desperate to leave Birmingham but signing for the Arsenal? I very much doubt it.

The Mail on Sunday say Theo Walcott could be the next player to leave. He's got two years to run on his contract and is attracting interest from Chelsea. The Independent on Sunday believes Gael Clichy's move to Manchester City tomorrow, with the defenders representatives finishing off the paper work this weekend.

Spurious transfer story of the day has to come from the Daily Star Sunday who say we're interested in Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov.

There was talk of Gervinho having a medical at the training ground yesterday but there is nothing in the media to substantiate those claims. They do believe he'll join us this week before we head off to Asia next Sunday.

For some extra reading, head for The Observer to read what Paul Hayward thinks Arsene Wenger should do next.

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