Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and now Samir Nasri have decided to chase the money by leaving Arsenal to head north and be part of the Manchester City revolution.
The Gunners are now faced with a vacuum in midfield following the departures of Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, although it appears that they will receive £22 million in exchange for the Frenchman which should lead to Arsene Wenger singing reinforcements.
Nasri was particularly outstanding for Arsenal last season, prompting City to make an enquiry about the player who had just twelve months left on his contract at the Emirates, with the north London club aware that he could leave for nothing next summer.
Wenger admitted that losing Fabregas and Nasri has made it a tough summer ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese. He said: “The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fábregas and Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in the end. 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.”
It had been thought that Nasri might have featured for Arsenal against Udinese this week, something which would have rendered him ineligible for City’s Champions League campaign although just a medical stands in the way of him becoming the latest piece in the jigsaw at Eastlands.