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Does the ‘Petit Prince’ want to become King?

Sid Saturday, June 11, 2011

When Patrice Evra made the following statement a few weeks ago,
“So, ‘Petit Prince’, if you want to become King you know where you have to go.”

It seemed nothing more than a mischievous dig at Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, he is after all known for such jibes, one of the reasons we love him so much at the club. But the rumours surrounding Nasri’s future and Sir Alex’s alleged interest in signing him have grown from being tabloid tales to rumors that actually might have some truth in it. So would Nasri dare leave London and Emirates, to join Manchester United?

It has been known for a while that Nasri, much to Wenger’s disappointment, has refused to sign an extension to his current contract that expires next summer. And if Arsenal can’t get him to accept a new deal, they risk losing him for nothing next year, like they lost Mathieu Flamini. Nasri might not be the only one leaving Arsenal this summer, as Fabregas looks set to join Barcelona, while Arshavin has also been rumoured to be looking for a move away from the Emirates. Having already lost out in the race for Phil Jones, the summer could end up being a very embarrassing one for Wenger, if he doesn’t act smartly and quickly.

Nasri’s main problem at Arsenal is not only the lack of trophies since he joined them in 2008, in the same period United have won 2 league titles and 2 League cup trophies, but also having to play out of position, which is in turn affecting his performances. He’s publicly let everyone know several times that his favourite position has always been in the middle of the pitch, not on the wings where Wenger has been playing him so often.

But one can hardly blame Wenger as he has to accommodate Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas also in the same starting XI. It’s a case of having to improvise with Nasri, since he is not able either Fabregas or Wilshere to the bench.

If Nasri did move to united he’d be filling the void left by Scholesy’s retirement, playing in his preferred Central Attacking midfielder role. Comparing Nasri to Scholesy would be unfair on the Frenchman, but he does possess the required creativity and vision. Nasri’s style of Football is more flamboyant than that of Scholesy’s and he prefers to run with the ball more often before delivering the killer ball.

Even if Nasri does want to move to United, there is one big hurdle to cross, Arsene Wenger. Getting him to accept a bid for Nasri from Manchester United is something I do not see Wenger ever agreeing, especially with the ridiculously low fee’s being touted in the media. The only chance that he will accept a bid is when he’s resigned to the fact that Nasri won’t be signing a new contract and will leave the following summer for a free transfer. But I do feel these rumours seem more likely to be Nasri’s agents trying to get Arsenal to increase their new contract offer.

Having said that, the optimist in me thinks there might be a very small chance (a very tiny one) that all these rumours in the papers could be actually true and United are really trying to sign him. I think he’d be a great addition to the team and possibly just the player we need in midfield. Plus Nasri already has Rio's approval,
“Samir Nasri is an excellent player who has a good technique and a huge amount of talent,” Ferdinand said. “And he scores goals. For me, he is one of the best players right now. I think he even won the title of best French football player at international level. “The French have a history of good players here. Thierry Henry has been fantastic. Just like Cantona. And let’s not forget Marcel Desailly.”

Will Wenger allow Nasri to move? Well that’s something that’ll be hotly debated over the coming weeks. But one thing’s for sure, Arsene Wenger has a very interesting and very tough few weeks coming up, he has several tough decisions to make and possibly several big players to replace. If he doesn’t handle this properly and get Arsenal back to winning ways next season, it could very well be his last season in charge of the Gunners.


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