Arsenal agrees to sell Samir Nasri to Man City

Arsenal agreed to sell Samir Nasri to Manchester City on

Tuesday, paving the way for the midfielder to join an expensively

assembled squad already filled with attacking talent.

The 24-year-old France international was due to travel to

Manchester for a medical examination on Tuesday, Arsenal said

before the north London team flew to Italy for a Champions League

playoff against Udinese.

Arsenal was compelled to sell Nasri for a reported 24 million

pounds ($40 million) because he turned down a new contract and

could have left on a free transfer next year when his most recent

deal expired.

The attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or on either

wing, scored 27 goals in 124 appearances for Arsenal since joining

from Marseille in July 2008. Despite Arsenal’s failure to seriously

challenge for the English league title, last season was Nasri’s

most productive with 15 goals – 10 in the Premier League.

His impending departure comes a week after Arsenal finally sold

captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.

”The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fabregas and

Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in

the end,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters on

Tuesday.

”We lost two great players and that’s a sad side of the story

but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on

the future”.

Wenger indicated last month that the double loss would be a sign

of the club’s declining status, warning their departures would be

”the worst situation” for a club without a major title since the

2005 FA Cup.

”You cannot convince people you are ambitious after that,”

Wenger said on Arsenal’s website. ”You see 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 (players) away from you.”

Arsenal has opened its league campaign with a draw against

Newcastle and a loss to Liverpool, while City has beaten Swansea

and Bolton.

Nasri will be providing even more creativity for a City team

already including the attacking talents of Spain midfielder David

Silva, England winger Adam Johnson and Argentina forward Sergio

Aguero thanks to Sheik Mansour’s investment of more than $1 billion

in three years as owner.

”Money is the Roots of all Evil,” Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel

Frimpong tweeted minutes after the Nasri deal was announced.

And Frimpong was dismissive of teammate Jack Wilshere for

praising Nasri, writing ”Pffffff comeon Jack” in response to the

midfielder tweeting: ”Good luck to my friend … learnt a lot from

him. World class player!”

But Arsenal captain Robin van Persie wished Nasri ”all the best

… thanks for the good stuff!”