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Nasri insists he can play in a 4-4-2

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Samir Nasri started for France last night in their friendly against Ecuador, and by all accounts gave an impressive performance.  Although he has spent much of his time playing in a 4-2-3-1 for Marseille, throughout the ninety minutes yesterday he was deployed both on the left and right flank, from where he drifted into the centre: I suspect that he is where we will see him when he completes his move to Arsenal.  Nasri says the position presents few problems for him:

“I ran, it was good.  In 4-4-2 that’s how it goes.  Playing on the flanks with two attacks allows you freedom to roam.  The coach does not ask us to stick to the touchline, we have a lot of liberty in our movements.  I can even come and get the ball in the centre.”

Sounds like he won’t have a problem slotting into our system.

The same was not always true of Alex Hleb, who seems set to become the subject of a transfer tug of war between Barcelona and Real Madrid.  That can only be a good thing with us, and might push his price up to the €20m mark.

Those are probably the very same clubs we’re trying to keep away from Cesc Fabregas in opening negotiations on a new deal.  Hopefully we can sort something out without Cesc’s new agent, Darren Dein, creating a problem.

Oh, and we have signed someone.  A physio.  Could that be anything to do with Gary Lewin’s possible departure for a full-time role with England, as a few papers have suggested?  Wait and see, I guess.

Tomorrow, I debunk the rumour that we might sign Lillian Thuram.  Come back for that, it’ll be fun.

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