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News about French people – Nasri Rumours Abound…

41 comments May 19th, 2008

NasriFrench newspaper La Provence understands that Samir Nasri reached an agreement with representatives of Arsenal on Thursday of last week, whilst his club Marseille are reportedly also close to consenting to a €17m deal.

I haven’t heard anything along those lines, but we do know that Arsene intends to bring in a creative player this Summer, primarily to replace the ship-jumping rat that is Aleksandr Hleb.

Nasri has long been compared to Zinedine Zidane. He is:

“…so uncannily similar to Zizou. The silken touch, the balletic elegance, the majestic strength. The vision. The trailblazing dribbles that begin with the drop of a shoulder and a graceful dash and conclude with a piercing pass or a scorching shot. Or some other alliterative joy.”

That article is worth reading, because it also highlights Nasri’s flaws: a lack of goals and occasional physical weakness in the middle of the park.  That article was written around a year ago.  Whether or not Nasri has improved those areas of his game since then, I just couldn’t say.

A rather large section of Arsenal fans seem to be declaring themselves delighted that former Marseille player Mathieu Flamini’s new club, AC Milan, have failed to qualify for the Champions League. This, I can only presume, is borne out of bittnerness as what they percieve to be Flamini’s ‘treachery’. As I have no such feelings about the Frenchman’s decision to move myself, I react to the news only with indifference. I’m sure, however, that the extra couple of million quid he’ll earn next year will soften the blow of a season in the UEFA Cup.

Bacary Sagna had admitted his bemusement (if not surprise) at being ommitted from the Euro 2008 sqaud, citing his recent injury as critical in missing the cut. When two players as good as Clichy and Sagna don’t even the make the squad, you realise the kind of depth of talent available that must make France one of the favourites to triumph this Summer.

Finally, in some news that’s not about French people, The Times claim that if Emmanuel Adebayor goes than Arsenal might move to replace him with Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz. Hardly definitive, is it? Santa Cruz is a good player, but selling Adebayor would be madness, and I can’t see another striker coming in if the Togolese stays. So I think we can add this rumour to the ever-growing Summer scrap heap.

I’m sure it’ll swell again tomorrow…

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