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Manchester City Signs Samir Nasri For a Transfer Fee Of Around £22million

Manchester City has agreed a fee with Arsenal for the signing of Samir Nasri, the French midfielder. The transfer of Nasri from Arsenal to Manchester City will be completed after Nasri passes his medical.

“Arsenal can confirm that they have agreed terms for Samir Nasri to move to Manchester City,” said a statement on the Arsenal club website. “The 24-year-old midfielder, who has spent three years with the Gunners, has been omitted from Arsenal’s squad which flies to Udinese this afternoon and instead will travel north for a medical.

“The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes.”

The signing of Nasri completes a tedious summer of transfer speculation for Arsenal supporters. After the on-again off-again saga of Cesc Fabregas, who ultimately moved to Barcelona, the drama of whether Nasri would leave Emirates Stadium or not has been dragging on for weeks. But Nasri has got what he wants — a lucrative move to Manchester City.

Personally, I feel that Manchester City’s transfer move for Nasri is for two reasons. One, most importantly, to take Arsenal out of the title race and to ensure that Manchester City can have a competitive advantage in the league. By signing Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri this summer, Manchester City have ensured that Arsenal is severely weakened. And two, I see City’s already crowded midfield using Nasri sparingly. If anything, buying Nasri is a move to provide more depth and to help Manchester City with a deep run in the Champions League.

It’s a massive coup by Manchester City to sign Nasri for the above reasons, but it’ll also help the club push forward as they try to knock Manchester United off their perch.

For Arsenal, it’s another worrying sign for the north London club. However, I believe the Gunners will be okay as long as they can pick up three to four quality players between now and the end of the summer transfer window which is quickly coming to a close.

It’s even more worrying for Arsenal supporters when you consider the words that Arsene Wenger reportedly said to The Daily Mirror recently during an interview in July:

“Imagine the worst situation – we lose Fabregas and Nasri – you cannot convince people you are ambitious after that.

“And even if you lose Nasri, to find the same quality player, you have to spend again the same amount of money. Because you cannot say, you lose the player and you do not replace him.

“I believe for us it is important the message we give out. For example, you talk about Fabregas leaving, Nasri leaving.

“If you give that message out, you cannot pretend you are a big club, because a big club first of all holds onto its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take away from you.

“We worked very hard with these players for years to develop them, and now it’s a time for us to keep them together.”

What’s your opinion about Nasri’s move to Manchester City? Share your opinion and analysis in the comments section below.

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  1. chris

    August 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Simple fact is, regardless of how much money are wasting – UTD’s main rivals in the league are Chelsea and Liverpool – Citeh are a bunch of dreamers!

    • Why?

      August 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

      Ha hahahahaha hahahahahahahaha great job of not meaning to sound hostile and bitter. My side hurt!!

  2. ryry

    August 24, 2011 at 4:46 am

    omg. wenger neeeeds to buy or arsenal are finished. forget top 4 if he dosent buy , he has over 60 million and has to spend it. watching our stars leave is not nice for us fans..

  3. Why?

    August 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    That F.A cup and joint second place on points took Mancini 1 full season to win or 2 & a half years of full investment how did Fergie do in his first few years? Well lets put it this way he didn’t need to buy a coffee table! As explained above you have still spent more.
    By the way £683m – £370m city have spent since the take over is £313m, you think City spent this from 1992-2008? Why don’t you try adding up for yourself from Robinho to Agureo take your socks off if it helps you still won’t get near the figures you claiming!!
    Stats have to be right not to lie these are so far of they may as well come from Mars.

  4. Guy

    August 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    It is VERY early in the season (Remember last year when Chelsea seemed to have it all won?) However, as a neutral, I will say that City looks scary. Fantastic defense and now even more options on offense. I would not be surprised if they won the title this year. United are certainly in the mix if the young defenders hold up and De Gea solidifies. Chelsea seems to be realigning….could take a while. Does AVB have “a while”? Arsenal? DITW.

    I don’t hate anybody….but you are free to hate me and my opinion. 😉

  5. Willymanc

    August 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    City will win the league I feel especially when the red goalie messes up but UTD were great and it’s good to see a Manc score a great goal and his backheel was brill too – red blder!

    • Why?

      August 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Willy I don’t think City will win it this year but they will give it a good go and run it close. Last year Mancini sorted our dodgy defence out he made it into the tightest in the league this year is about finding the right balance between defence and attack and fine tuning, once this mix and the likes of Aguero, Nasri are fully settled I think City will win it and be pretty hard to displace.

  6. Willymanc

    August 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    City’s owners are refinancing the EPL Bundesliga Serie A and La Liga and their inward investment into Manchester has been brilliant for the economy, these owners are in it for the long haul, are philanthropic in their outlook and have created thousands of jobs all over the place. As a city fan it us brilliant as a Manc its great to see the money they are spending in the community, we may lose money but they convert losses to shares and the company is solvent with no debt EUFA want to avoid a Portsmouth or a Leeds City are a force for good unless you want a player that they want!

  7. MakeAnApp

    August 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Manchester City epitomize everything that’s wrong with football today X| Too much spending, too much money!

    • Why?

      August 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      For a start what is it that’s ‘wrong with football today’ that wasn’t 3 or teven 10 years ago? Why have you made this stupid cliché of a statement? How are City epitomizing this? But when Utd were spending 4 times more than the others they didn’t?

      • chris

        August 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

        Citeh have spent 683mil since the premier league started, UTD have spent 433mil , net spending citeh have spent 23mil a year, compared to UTD’s 9mil , yet who has all the trophies?

        • Why?

          August 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

          Chris do you even know what that spelling of City is supposed to be? You’re funny.
          City have spent 683m what? On what? Talk sense if you saying pounds and on the club, training ground players etc then you would be about right but if you‘re saying players then you can more than split it in half! Which year did Utd spend only 9m? You’ve got to be joking right? If you are saying Utd bought such and such but sold such and such for a profit clubs can only do that after success which will come in time at City as it did with Utd, there are alway losses to start with. In time their players will also sell for fortunes. The values you unfairly try to use here can not be compared. David silva we were told at the time was over paid for at £24m how much is he worth after one season? This is also pretty much what you state in an post above about Nasri who’s surely worth £30m in the current market
          In the 1980’s Utd spent £18m no other English club even came near to this amount (City spent £6m by the way). This huge spending put Utd in pole position for the start of the real reason football was ruined, the Premiership they also floated on the stock market turning football from usually being a privately own sport to a business this is also sited as a reason football is how it is today and how it has been for the last 20 years, all about business and money. So with the help of their massive investment they took the new top heavy prize money along with the new lob sided TV money and the once Champions of Europe cup now the top 4 Cup with it’s sky high payments too.
          By the way at that time who had all the Trophies? I’ll give you a clue not Utd it‘s the one who still have the most trophies today, yes you guessed it Liverpool. So Utd must have been second then? Nah that was Aston Villa how about third not on your nelly Arsenal, they surely must have been be fourth then? nope! Hmmmm, I wonder what made Utd the second most successful club in England today then? MONEY it’s as simple as that.

          • chris

            August 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

            Thats how much citeh have spent on players alone, not training grounds etc to build their club since the premier league started compared to united. yet look where utd stand with its global stand, look at our trophy cabinet – citeh have spent more in 3 seasons alone than united have since 1992 – money well spent LOL

          • chris

            August 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

            Lol your boring me now with your ‘dreaming’

            Stats dont lie –

            im glad all that spending has bought you a coffee table for the single FA CUP. 🙂

            You should take a tour at OT, the trophy cabinets are MASSIVE LOL

            Oh, and we have spent less too. – and we earn more too

          • Why?

            August 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

            I’ve got news for you Chris, you’re wrong again city have currently spent somewhere around £330m-370m on players at a guess not including (unlike you tried with Utd, the out goings) but please feel free to back your nonsense up with facts. I won’t hold by breath!! So why I wonder is it that I have got Utd spending at around £400m from 1995? It would seem you don’t have a clue what you are on about! Utd were paying £30m for players 10 years ago! Imagine how much that would be to day? £7m for Cole in 95 would be something like £60m in today’s market.
            In 2006/07 City full squad cost less than £25m! Have Guess how much Utd’s was? A whopping £140m and I think they had only just offloaded something like £20m-£30m worth of players the year before. What is it you don’t like? Is it that the shoe is on the other foot and we can now also spend huge sums? Well if so you will just have get used to it won’t ya!

          • Why?

            August 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

            That F.A cup and joint second place on points took Mancini 1 full season to win or 2 & a half years of full investment how did Fergie do in his first few years? Well lets put it this way he didn’t need to buy a coffee table! As explained above you have still spent more.
            By the way £683m – £370m city have spent since the take over is £313m, you think City spent this from 1992-2008? Why don’t you try adding up for yourself from Robinho to Agureo take your socks off if it helps you still won’t get near the figures you claiming!!
            Stats have to be right not to lie these are so far of they may as well come from Mars.

            P.S here is a pic of a Yeti pictures don’t lie lol

        • seriously

          August 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

          city have been spending for three years ur not that stupid are u ?

    • seriously

      August 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      yeah no other team ever spent over 2 million in the past have they? i must have imagined crespo to lazio, veron to utd figo, to real madrid etc its all city’s fault

  8. Todd

    August 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    It’s all the owner’s faults if you ask me. Wenger has demanded that the wage bill be restructured to better compete with our rivals, yet as R2Dad stated, they are too short-sighted and too busy watching the money roll in. Wenger is just a face for the fans to direct their hostility and dissatisfaction towards, and is getting hammered for no real reason. The Board makes the final calls, and in the end, he has to follow their instructions. He’s honestly nothing more than a scapegoat to mask the club’s true problems.

    Regardless of tomorrow night’s result, we MUST sign at least 2 quality, experienced players before the window shuts, otherwise we could realistically be looking at a mid-table finish come end of the year.

  9. R2Dad

    August 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    When Arsenal ownership is so short-sighted as to sell their own stars to their direct competitors, you know the balance of power in the board room is off. The old AW would never have agreed to that. This is a throw-in-the-towel move from Wenger unless he can pull a rabbit out of his vrse in the next week. From what he has shown in years past, I seriously doubt that now. This is going to be one long, painful train wreck-of-a-season. There can be no doubt why the team falls out of CL play; Kroenke and Usmanov deserve a hard lesson in Premier League ownership. Wenger has spent the past 5 years building this team and now it has all crumbled away.

    • Jim

      August 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Rabbits will be hopping!

  10. dlinko9

    August 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    to me Fabregas is bigger loss to Arsenal then Nasri.. he is good player not a great player.. his performance in the second half of last season was not good. i am not sure how he fits into Machini style of play.. good luck to him, its all about money nowdays..

    • seriously

      August 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      captain obvious is obvious

  11. Joe956

    August 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ummm. When is Messi, Ronaldo and David Villa suppose to report to Man City. Gee, let’s buy the title, City. Good luck trying to keep all those stars happy with playing time. Meanwhile Manchester United will crush you again with their young ‘uns.

    • Why?

      August 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Oh course Utd don’t spend any money at all do they? They didn’t massively spend more than anyone through the 80’s and 90’s and half the 00’s did they? Oh course this wasn’t buying the title at all it was OK cos it was Utd! Utd will crush City again? If I’m not mistaken the last time these two played in an actual competition City did the crushing! My word you could squeeze this guy like a lemon he’s so full of bitterness LOL.

      • OG

        August 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

        Actually City got beat for the Community Shield recently, so if you want to point out who won the last piece of hardware… it actually was United.

        Plus, i’d rather win Barclay’s than the FA Cup… just saying.

        • seriously

          August 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

          why when did u win it ? i dont remember seeing u in the team,

      • Yes

        August 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        United were meant to lose in that ‘actual’ competition.
        Didn’t you see who is the chief of FA that gave 2-match ban on Rooney?
        City pay for it and only for small title. 😉

        • seriously

          August 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

          yeah did u not notice how tevez didnt play in the Semi final or are u just a retard. You laughed at us for taking the league cup seriously (even tho utd fielded a full strength team despite fergie promising to stick with his “kids”) two years later ur bragging about winning the community shield…how the mighty have fallen

      • chris

        August 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        The game your referring to in the FA cup, if memory serves me right, citeh were outplayed in both possession and shots on target snd it took a carrick mistake for citeh to score – utd also went down to 10 men with 20mins left

        • Why?

          August 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

          City won by 1 goal that’s being crushed to the tools here, and since when has the Charity shield been a comparison or any thing more than a friendly? No doubt you will be dinning of that for the rest of the season ‘we won a friendly’ lol.
          Utd were ment to lose? they lost because Scholes assaulted someone cos it wasn’t going their way? Utd had more possession? We didn’t want to win it? blah, blah, blah these are known as excuses bad ones at that. You lot are piss poor losers hilarious! Give it a few years and you lot will be jumping off the Utd band wagon and trying to hop quietly onto City’s LMFAO.

          • chris

            August 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

            Sounds to me like your the one jumping head over heels for one game, dont you remember the premier league games aswell as the com shield? – even tge gsme citeh won in the fa cup, you were totslly outplayed abd got the single goal due to mistake only. utd have just battered you in the com shield, even with 2 keeper mistskes. men vs boys.

          • Why?

            August 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

            What you mean when Utd came to defend at COMs? Or that they just about managed to win at Old Trafford last year by a ‘single‘ goal? Last year these were basically two evenly matched sides this year I think City have the edge. If they can do it against the other teams for the league I don’t know but time will tell. There is not an un bias person around who said that Utd out played City in the semi as it didn’t Happen, City were the deserved winners, this attitude is typical of your average Utd fans behaviour , no grace in defeat at all. I suppose they attract these sorts of people. The play was also even at Old Trafford you need to actually watch the game instead of thinking winning in the last few seconds by the skin of their teeth with in your own word a ‘single’ goal is being ‘crushed?? They battered who you silly boy? One goal in the dying seconds of injury time in a game Joe Hart only had one save and City were battered? How many did Herman Munster have to make 5? 6? 7? A dam site more that Hart. Battered? Utd came out like a bull in a china shop desperate to win this game after all it was their semi final reply and it showed, where as City took it for the warm up match it was. Well done for winning the friendly match with City but truth is they couldn’t do it when it really counted!

    • seriously

      August 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      u mean those young uns bought from other teams? haha

  12. Mr.Prodg

    August 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    City is ready for battle…we’re deep at every position and once the CL starts, ppl will appreciate the depth of our team.

  13. OT

    August 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Boring, Boring Arse-NIL has returned.

  14. Dave C

    August 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    You’ve gotta think he’s going to be more than just used “sparingly”…sure he probably won’t be guaranteed to play every game like he was at Arsenal, but he’ll be used more than just sparingly at Man City.

  15. MUFC77

    August 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Any word on his wage’s?

    • seriously

      August 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      why u need something to moan about?

  16. JC

    August 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think if you look at it in convential fashion, rather than the-sky-is-falling-at-arsenal, it appears as if the post-Henry squad got close, but ultimately failed to achieve anything. As a result, Wenger will rebuild again, this time maybe a little differently, with the hope of different results.

    Win in Italy, pick up three or four players (like Samba, Hazard, and one or two more), and you Arsenal fans will be on the road to recovery. Arsenal isn’t far off from Liverpool, and that’s who your competing with for the fourth spot.

    Of course, lose in Italy and all bets are off on what happens next.

    • dlink09

      August 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      i think that’s what Arsene is wating also.. i think we might see new signings this week if Arsenal qualify for group stages.. i hope i am right, this is too depressing to be an Arsenal Fan.. 🙂

      • Andrei

        August 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

        I’m afraid if Arsenal lose to Udinese Wenger may not be around for long to do new signings.

  17. Dzelkovic

    August 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I would have liked him more in a United shirt. With the way Man U play, i think he’d be a better fit in their squad. They don’t have substantial options in attacking midfield other than Cleverly and Gibson. It would have been incredible to see what he could have created in that squad.

  18. David G

    August 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Anyone who thinks UEFA fair play rules mean anything at all is exceptionally dillusional.

    • Why?

      August 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

      You’re very wrong David, they mean that clubs outside the top 4 or 5 will never be able to compete as they can’t invest and new owners will not be interested in them as what would be the point! Well done UEFA and all the morons who backed them! The have secured the monopoly they have wanted for years.

      • David G

        August 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

        You actually think UEFA is going to kick out teams like Barcalona, Man United, Chelsea, Man City, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus out of the Champions league? Give me a break. We’ve already seen Man City start to go around the “rules” put in place. Nobody cares about the teams outside of the big clubs and UEFA knows that. Teams outside of the top 4 or 5 have never been competiative in the modern era and it’s only going to get worse. I predict we won’t see a champion outside of Spain, England, or Italy not named Man U, Chelase, Man City, Real, Barca, Milan or AC Milan.


          August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

          Citeh are not even a champion, UEFA will enforce the rules – what then?

          • chrisjcks@gmail.come

            August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

            Id like to hear what a city fan thinks of ‘what if’ uefa do enforce the rules….

          • seriously

            August 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

            real madrid are champions? news to me …ask yourself “what if” u knew anything about football? …maybe you might have a decent idea of what might happen

        • Why?

          August 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

          No David they won’t kick those teams out that’s exactly what I’m saying. Those are the teams that UEFA want at the top and the FFP rules make sure they stay at the top. I have been saying this ever since that greedy little piggy Platini made them up, but people were so happy that it may stop City joining the party they were blinded by fact that it would definitely stop other clubs joining them and laughably maybe even their own, talk about egg on the face. Now they can will reap their rewards of watching the very same teams you mention winning year after year.

          • David G

            August 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

            UEFA not going to kick the the English champs out of the champions league. I’m sure Manchester City will come up with more very lucrative sponsership deals from the middle east to cover any losses.

          • Why?

            August 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

            I’m sure you’re right David. City don’t need to find more sponsors as they are raising their income every year which will be enough to show UEFA they are complying, don’t forget these are guidelines that all clubs should aim towards. FFP are going to be put in place IMO to stop further investment in the premier league as it is (well it was) massively attractive to investors because of the huge TV rights etc no other league is even near. UEFA do not want that sort of power with one country as it could end up causing them serious problems, hence FFP stop the foreign investment now it also has the added bonus for them of doing it in other UEFA countries to.

        • Alan Partridge

          August 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

          I predict we won’t see a champion outside of Spain, England, or Italy not named Man U, Chelase, Man City, Real, Barca, Milan or AC Milan.

          Milan IS AC Milan.

          The “other” team in Milan is Internazionale.

          Apart from that, you have a point. All the major leagues are essentially 2-3 horse races, and always will be unless something catastrophic happens. Clarence Seedorf wrote an article in the NY Times in which he suggested that he thinks football will eventually move towards a model more like the NFL – the 3 or 4 “big” teams in each country will form their own super league, where they can then start implementing regulations for themselves (eg such as a salary cap which could be mutually beneficial to all, rather than the current arms-race environment). These big clubs know that it’s the big glamour-fixtures between themselves that bring in the money, rather than the regular games against the likes of Stoke and Wigan.

          Then maybe the “smaller” teams will be left to compete in the remaining decimated domestic leagues.

  19. chris

    August 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Wow! 22mil – what a rip-off! LMAO – he could be bought for less than 5mil in January. – it just shows how much money citeh can waste. Uefa are already investigating city for cheating on the new fair-play rules, and with even more spending…. – no way are citeh making a profit! its a small club, regardless of how much money they have so revenue will not be great. Anyone who cant see this are exceptionally dilusional.

    • Evan

      August 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

      22 mil for nasri is not a rip off.
      Rip offs include Carroll (35 mil), Torres (50 Mil), Bebe (forget how much he costs, but if it was more than 0 dollars it was too much), Henderson (20 mil), and there are many others.

      22 mil for Nasri is a good deal imo. and it’s not like City are in 800 million pounds of debt like united so i dont think it affects city.

      • chris

        August 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

        Actually utd are under 500mil debt, which is the glazers debt – which will be completely cleared when they sell just a part of the club whilst still having majority share once it hits the singapore market. (utd is worth 1.7bil according to reuters, a 30% sale is estimated to clear the glazers loan debt)
        And 22mil IS a rip off, under 5mil in jan or free next summer – yet 22mil now isnt a rip off?
        Only citeh disrespect uefa and their rules, they will (eventually) come down hsrd on citeh, cos they are millions away from making a profit. (its a small club

        • Why?

          August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

          Hmmm I don’t know if you’re right about Utd’s debts at all Chris, if only life was this easy. Why do you think Arsenal would sell at £5m are you Stan in disguise? You seem to have a lot of hostility towards City even bitterness towards them, why is that Chris?

          • chris

            August 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

            Hi, im chris.

            not meaning to sound hostile, its just a discussion is all. I just think what city are doing with regards to the rules is really disrespectful and wonder what city will do when those rules get enforced. City are clearly not balancing the books.

          • Why?

            August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

            City do not need to balance the books Chris this is a fallacy that people seem to believe. They only need to show they are making attempts it’s the same for all clubs if they can show that the income is rising year after year this is good reason to invest big these are guidelines that will only hinder those without. They are not as straight forward as people seem to think. City have no worries same a Utd, Milan, Madrid etc. The Etihad deal is similar to others it is not just Stadium naming rights deal it also includes shirt sponsorship as well as a land redevelopment deal which is something that has never been done before just as Utd’s new training shirt sponsorship.

    • seriously

      August 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      u dont understand football do u ? cup tied? champions league? ring a bell? have a think sonny

  20. David

    August 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Arsene’s going to be losing it. Gaffer, any word if Special1 TV will be returning soon??

    • The Gaffer

      August 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Special1TV is in talks with a network about a possible return in September. Fingers crossed.

      The Gaffer

  21. Earl Reed

    August 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Trade is symbolic of the passing of the Big 4 torch from Arsenal to Manchester City. And when I say Big 4, talking of spending as much as success. ManUtd, ManCity, Chelsea, Liverpool are all tossing cash around, the bottom 16 teams are modest. Just makes you wonder if the money is actually there for those top 4 clubs to invest like they are doing, aside from personal investment.

  22. Evan

    August 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    —————De Jong

    Subs: a decent second choice keeper, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Milner, Barry, Johnson, Tevez

    That’s a pretty good team.

    • Dzelkovic

      August 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Put Nasri in between Aguero and Silva and i think you may have something. I don’t think Nasri will be very effective that far back in the midfield. That, and with how strong their back line is, I don’t see it necessary to have DeJong in that defensive midfield position. maybe put Nasri where you have Silva and throw Silve in between Nasri and Aguero as more of a playmaker/attacking midfielder and you would have a really intimidating attacking squad.

      • Artie

        August 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        Ay dzel’ ….. did you see were nasri played this last game? what evan said above is what i think will happen except de jong nd milner would come of the bench. Dzeko is finally comfortable ex his game winning goal… i wouldnt want to take him out. Barry or Yaya in the middle and Nasri to the right or left what you think?

    • Artiie

      August 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      I agreee in your thought, except with de jong, if you seen the last game Barry goal is just the beginning of how he will play this year( i think). everything else looks promising

  23. Jason

    August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    With the Champions League participation this year, Manchester City will need the depth and they will get it. I see them contending for trophies big time.

    Arsenal…seeing them in decline is very nice indeed. I see them falling outside the top 6 in fact. I hope they lose to Udinese, lots more of $$$ will be out of the pocket.

  24. David G

    August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The worst part of teams liek Chelsea, Man City, and Real Madrid collecting so much talent is that we as fans don’t get to see a lot of really great players week in week out.

    Look at some of the players we should still be getting to watch every week, but won’t/don’t.


    list goes on and on…

    Good move for City though. Another player who has teh creativity to break down defenses. It’s now officially a two team race, we can now call the EPL, “La Liga English”

    • green eyed monster

      August 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      does this mean Manchester “wont win anything ,money wont buy u success” City, are now a horse in a two horse premier league race? funny how a year can change a gobsh*tes opinion

  25. Evan

    August 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    City do not have as much depth as some of you think.
    If Silva gets injured we need somebody to step in who can play that role well.

    It great to be a city fan these days, eh?

    Arsene honestly sh*t the bed with this one though. WHAT is he thinking letting Nasri come to us??

    • Yespage

      August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Not much depth? City is the EPL All-Star team. With the talent they have, it’d still somehow be a disappointment if they win the EPL Title and the Champions League.

      • green eyed monster

        August 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        to whom? not to city fans

      • Alan Knut

        August 24, 2011 at 2:21 am

        Without Silva… I think there is no way we get guaranteed Champions league football or at least we couldn’t contend to win the league. He ties everything together. He is Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi combined if you look at his pitch movement and he has passing skills and vision nearly on par. He lacks the killer instinct that Messi has, which is his weak spot.

        Without him, we should be fine on paper… but my faith isn’t that great until I see it happen.

  26. Nzing

    August 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    1. Arsenal should have shown more attitude and did more conviencing work in the transfer market to demostrate their ambitions.
    2. Arsenal cant continue paying its player peanuts and expecting them not to leave when their contracts are about to expire.
    3. CIty wants to be the best and their doing their best to get to that.
    4. All these Arsenal players who have left are not all wrong, something is wront at that club.

    • AM

      August 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Sorry, but Arsenal cannot afford to pay their players silly money. City and Chelsea are using their owners’ money to give them an advantage over clubs like Arsenal and United. F**k that

      I’d rather not win than rely on someone’s money to prop my team up.

      • Andrei

        August 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        Fulhams and Blackburns of the world can say the same thing about Arsenal. Everything is relative.

        • nick

          August 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

          Not really considering arsenal are not using money that they haven’t earned. Arsenal operates within it’s means so I am not sure any club can complain about them. The only debt arsenal has is stadium related.

          • Andrei

            August 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

            So Arsenal doesn’t have owners who provided investment capital?

      • green eyed monster

        August 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm

        haha the irony “money to give them an advantage over clubs like Arsenal and United” dry your eyes

      • ripher

        August 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm

        They have enough money to pay those players

        1) They are getting loads of money from tickets sales(which are the highest in the league)
        2) They are getting so much from being in champions league

        If I was one of the management of Arsenal, lets say we pay extra 20 mil for salaries.
        1) Good players like Nasri would have stayed
        2) Mata and top class players would have come(more top class players means more sales in shirt. Remember Christiano Ronaldo’s shirt sales were almost 1 million where 1 shirt was pound 80. So club got transfer money just by selling shirts)
        3) Also , Arsenal can reach knockout stages and probably win which means more money by ticket sales and win prize money.

        4) Also, the fans will be happy and more you win more fans will join the victor.

        So,I am just amazed that club like Arsenal going for downfall now. They will not be in top4 for sure and they will not even be in top6. Probably, after the sale of Nasri its become a midtable team. Sorry Gunners , but you are no longer a top team now in the words of Mr Wenger himself.

  27. appah t

    August 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    that is a welcome development. I can see that man city is battle ready for the champions league and premiership. Pls keep it up.

  28. MUFC77

    August 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Good signing at 22m. Hes a good player and will create a lot of chances for someone like Aguero each week especially if he rediscovers the form he was in the first half of last season.

    I dont think he will be a automatic starter each week at city which could make things harder for him but well worth the transfer fee if they use him on a regular basis.

  29. Olukunle Benjamin

    August 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This is the right time for him to go on expensive offer, for Wenger to allow him to be with the Bitter rival is a long way to explain. So Wenger used this f***ing money for an established Player for us. Nasri goodluck.

  30. Mike C

    August 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I agree with the reasons you listed for the move, Gaffer.

    But in addition to those, in watching City you can see how VITAL Silva is to them going forward – without his creativity, they lack that punch. Now, with Tevez’s bulldog mentality around goal, they were often OK (though not great) without it, so they could afford to rest Silva on occasion (although not much).

    So I think Nasri adds some options to the attack, and may allow Silva to get rotated out a bit more (though he’ll still start most of the time). Some rest for the magician will be needed as the cups and CL get added into the rotation soon.

  31. Brandon

    August 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I can’t wait to see City line up with their new 7 midfielder lineup. Where are all of these guys going to play?

    • Mike C

      August 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Surprisingly enough, I think Mancini has gotten this group to somewhat buy into the philosophy that they won’t all get to play all the time – Adam Johnson recently echo’d that sentiment (saying that as long as he gets some valuable time on the pitch, he’s happy even if he’s not always starting). Milner also seems to finally be adapting to that role as well.

      I’m not saying it will keep them happy for the entire season – its a long season, and who knows when egos will finally kick in – but it may be working right now.

      Also keep in mind that SWP seems to be heavily linked to an exit (potentially to Bolton) right now (though as a City fan I’ll be very sad to see him go).

      Right now, the midfielders that regularly feature are: Silva, De Jong, Johnson, Barry, Milner, Yaya Toure. When they’re in a 4-3-3 like they were against Bolton, 4 of those played alongside Dzeko and Aguero.

      So, adding Nasri just adds a few more options there.

      I’ll admit its a bit mad, and that the money involved in the club is ridiculous. But from my perspective, the only way City was going to rapidly ascend the table was to spend fast – now if they keep this up for several more years, I’ll likely even change my own tune about it.

      • Taylor

        August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

        Some players will be happy to be paid to do nothing. Look at Bellamy for example: he’s paid to do nothing as long as he shows up for training. It was like WInston Bogarde @ Chelsea.

    • green eyed monster

      August 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      obviously not gonna use 7 are they..just use ur common sense retard

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