Many were people were surprised to see Samir Nasri selected for Saturday’s game against Liverpool which saw Arsenal lose 2-0 after an Aaron Ramsey own goal was followed by a late strike by Luis Suarez.
After all, Nasri is supposedly on the verge of completing a move from the Emirates to Manchester City, although the Frenchman played the full ninety minutes of the Gunners’ match and didn’t look distracted by the intense speculation linking him with a double-your-money switch to Eastlands.
After the game, Arsene Wenger revealed that the midfielder is happy at Arsenal and that a deal with Manchester City wasn’t particularly close to happening, something which will be welcome relief to supporters.
“He is happy here. There is no departure of Nasri at the moment,” Wenger told the French media outlet TF1. “Maybe one day, but it’s far, far, far from being done.”
Arsenal are currently depleted in midfield after Cesc Fabregas finally completed his move to Barcelona and the red card given to Emmanuel Frimpong on Saturday means that he is suspended in addition to Alex Song and Gervinho.