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Nasri Thoughts

Something strange is going on in the Nasri transfer saga. Maybe it shouldn`t really matter. The deal will be done if and when it`s done if it`s going to happen. But something doesn`t smell quite right about it all. I accept that there are many points at which transfers can stumble but for one that seems to have had a pre-contract agreement in place for sometime this does seem extraordinarily protracted.

On the 22nd May Nasri`s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes claimed that Nasri was mulling over an offer from Arsenal. On the 25th May Wenger told us the deal was 'likely to be done. If it happens` before Euro 2008. Come the 29th May and Henry Winter posts in the Telegraph that Arsenal had signed Nasri the previous day. On the 2nd June Wenger then told us "He interests me. I hope I will do it after the Euros". Nasri`s website posts the news on the 23rd June that he would be joining Arsenal and then swiftly withdraws it with the news that his father who maintains his website had acted prematurely. On the 25th June Marseille's Chairman Diouf tells us that he has a verbal agreement with Arsenal for Nasri`s transfer but not yet signed. On the 2nd July the same man tells us that the deal will be concluded in 'one day` and then a 'few days` within pretty much the same breath. Now just 2 days later Nasri`s agent J-P Bernes tells us that the deal will be concluded in 10 days when Nasri gets back from holidays.

Whatever the reasons for the delay might be it probably has little to do with holidays. If Fizsmans private jet can get Ramsey and his family to Switzerland to finalise matters it shouldn`t be too hard to get a bit of paper to Nasri wherever he is staying. Not that there aren`t any shortages of reasons for holding up the transaction. Everything from Nasri focussing on a Euro tournament in which he took little part to UK Stock exchange requirements, French taxation efficiencies and the need for Marseille to sign a replacement have all been put forward. All of it hogwash for the most part.

I am not sure which side, if any, is playing ducks and drakes in this game. If it`s Marseille and/or Bernes then shouldn`t we tell them the deal is either done in the next 24 hours or it`s off. If on the other hand the delay is on our side then why? What`s the hold up? Is it possible that if Hleb stays then Nasri doesn`t join? Then again maybe it`s all quite innocent and I am suffering from information overload about something that is best left to run it`s own course. Probably best not to think too much.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 4 2008

Time: 2:53PM

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Definately don't think about it too much. This transfer is now beyond boring. I really really want this player and have done for some time .... but quite frankly, I don't care anymore. He gets here when he gets here. And if not .... oh well.
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04/07/2008 15:05:00

I'm going with the don't think about it too much school here. Nothing I can do about it. To be frank, my thoughts are more along the lines of, "hmmmm, shall I start with the Samuel Smith's sovereign bitter, or the stout?" Decisions, on the one hand, the soveriegn is delightfully smooth and an ideal starter for a night out. On the other hand, stout is just the ********* isn't it? Problem is, if I drink it all night I'm gonna feel as bloated as *****, but then that'll probably stop me making some ill advised kebab purchases.....sorry, Samri who now?
Little Dutch
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04/07/2008 15:17:00

I prefer a nice pint of Abbotts or Bishops Finger ...... mmmmm
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04/07/2008 15:19:00

You're both right. Too much thinking. Now what should I start with? have me thinking again!
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04/07/2008 15:35:00

Bishop's finger = Nun's delight
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04/07/2008 15:37:00

I saw a guy with Nasri number 8 on the new shirt yeterday at 5 aside. Premature i think. I hope he gets a dif number if he signs so the guy feels like a goon.
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04/07/2008 15:46:00

jus get the deal dun, its been draging on 4 ages
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04/07/2008 15:49:00

lol paul_ownz...thats mean man..haha
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04/07/2008 15:54:00

The deal is starting to look like one big prank to the Arsenal fans. Now where are the hidden cameras?!
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04/07/2008 16:59:00

That poll is annoying me now :D
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04/07/2008 17:11:00

whether Nasri is coming or no, the departure of Hleb looks very unlikely now. Wenger has always said he wants to keep him and the interest in him from Inter and Barca seems to have cooled off now. still yu never know, but my money is on him staying..
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04/07/2008 18:30:00

After all the talk earlier I've just returned from Asda with many large bottles of Abbots!!! I'll see you guys in the morning ... just don't talk too loudly.
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04/07/2008 21:10:00

I prefer a pint of Spitfire myself R7/LD! puts hairs on ya chest, so don't recommend it for Lou!! Anyway, back on topic, yeah i dont think we should let it get to us, but it HAS got to us. I mean, I've been spending most of my time in front of the computer, and every so often refreshing the page of BBC Sport just incase!
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05/07/2008 00:56:00

I would be quite happy with both Hleb and Nasri. This means that we may not have to put up with Eboue on he right wing when Tommy is injured (not that that will happen of course...). Hleb can play LW with Samir on the right. And he can give Cesc a rest when he needs one. A bit more rotation for the latter stages of the season would be good,
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05/07/2008 12:12:00

I've given up on the announcement. I assume it's coming, but I'm just sick , and tired of being told tomorrow is the day. Just let him get into camp, train, play the exhibition season, and things should work themselves out quite nicely for us. This kid is on the ascendancy in his career. It's just a shame it's been a shambles from the get go, but I don't need the ulcers. So I'll wait a little longer to tip a glass, or bottle WHEN he shows.
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05/07/2008 13:36:00

Arsenal does have 'previous' in this situation. They agreed terms with Carrick in 2004 and kept him on the line for a few weeks until Vieira decided he wasn't leaving after all. All the positive noises are coming from the other camp. Wenger has only said 'If it happens' and 'He interests me'
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05/07/2008 13:42:00

I sure hope this isn't a similar situation Amos, we really need a player like Nasri. We can't keep playing players like Diaby and Ebour on the wing. Also even if Hleb does stay, I can't see it being for very long so it's vital that we capture a player of Nasri's youth and quality.
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05/07/2008 14:00:00

Yes I agree. We need another player in wide midfield. That's what makes the delay so curious. I am not worried about the transfer just intrigued by it all really. If the need is there irrespective of what happens to Hleb then why haven't we completed on the deal. Why wait until he gets back from holiday?
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05/07/2008 15:16:00

The Nasri deal is done it's just that mersaille d'ont want the deal to go through till mid July for accounting purposes. Well that is according to the Guardian.
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06/07/2008 12:34:00


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