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Nasri’s off, but who will come in?

by on August 18, 2011

The Evening Standard reports that we’ve accepted a bid of £22m for Samir Nasri, I’d assume there are all kinds of add-ons and sell-on clauses involved in that one. I suppose the question there is around who will come in for him, assume the reports are true. Although Wenger ruled out a bid for Mata, I wouldn’t really put much stock in that, purely because you can never really trust a football manager in that kind of situation. Having said that, there have been reports of Chelsea having interest in Mata. If so, that kind of sucks. As we’ve heard over the past few weeks, there’s been interest in all kinds of players, Hazard, Jadson and as I said yesterday, Mauro Zarate. An interesting idea, not a bad player but he’s hardly consistent, a bit of an Arshavin really.

In other news, Liverpool have reportedly (unconfirmed) agreed a deal to sign Gary Cahill. If so I will be mildly frustrated at most. We don’t need defenders to come in and strengthen our first-team, just someone to have who can come in and do a job when we’ve got injuries. There’s no doubt that Cahill is a good player, but I’m sure there are other targets out there. It will be interesting to see whether Scott Dann plays tonight in the Europa League. The old Peter Odemwingie rumours are back, a player I don’t think is too bad and if Bendtner leaves then I wouldn’t mind Odemwingie coming in. Where that leaves either him or Chamakh in terms of playing time I’m not so sure, especially if we carry on with one up front.

Per Mertesacker is another name that’s been mentioned, but I’m not so sure about him. He’ll be another Squillaci in my opinion. A good defender, but his lack of pace will massively exposed with our high-line. Besides which, we have more pressing concerns. It would seem that Jack Wilshere’s injury is a bit of a mystery. He looks likely to miss the Liverpool match with some reports saying he’ll be back for Swansea and others saying he could be out for 8-9 weeks. Obivously that would be a massive blow, from what I heard he was being rested as a precaution so I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what the boss says tomorrow.

In other news, Carl Jenkinson could be picked for the U-21’s because he plays for a big club because he has ability. Also, Arsenal Report have done their match report for the win over Udinese. The consequences over playing a proper centre-forward are quite interesting, I agree that we never seem to have a man on the far-post when a cross comes in.

Finally, be sure to check out these interviews with Frimpong, Miyaichi, Van Persie and also Sagna’s post-match reaction, as well as the picks of the Reserves’ goals from last season.

That’s it for today. As per usual, a plug for my twitter profile, becuase you really should follow me @SavageGooner and a plug for Nick’s post from earlier today, ‘Are Arsenal sinking faster than the Titanic?’

Be sure to comment below on stuff from the post. How important could Jack Wilshere’s injury be for our season? Who can replace Samir Nasri? If we need a centre-back, who can we sign if we don’t get Gary Cahill. That’s all for now folks.

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4 Comments
  1. Habyb permalink

    Hazard WILL replace Nasri and his age is in the range of the ages wenger likes. GO FOR HAZARD! In Arsene I Trust! In Arsenal I Believe! In The Youth Lies Confidence! Gunner till DEATH!

  2. Hazard to replace nasri,we also need a center back like Scott Dann & lets hope Wilshere will be ok to face Red Devils..

  3. pat permalink

    I will rather pick eden harzad as nasri replacement wt scott Dan to reinforce d back

  4. pat permalink

    With Harzad,scott Dan, and Jadson plus our squad i believe no team can dear us this season. Let’s hope that arsene wenger bring in this players i just mentioned. Gunners 4rever.

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