Samir Nasri appeared to move closer to leaving Arsenal yesterday with comments on what the club believed to be his personal Facebook page announcing that he will "certainly leave very soon", and will do so with "bitterness and anger" in his heart.
The French midfielder has been close to a move to Manchester City in recent weeks, having refused to sign a new contract at the Emirates. An announcement written on what Arsenal believed to be his Facebook page, although the midfielder has since denied he even has an account on the social networking site, suggested that his departure was imminent. "I was very disappointed by the supporters last weekend," the account said, referring to critical chants aimed at him on Saturday.
"I am still an Arsenal player but I will certainly leave very soon. It's nearly done. But I will leave with bitterness and anger in my heart," it added.
Arsenal will be without their forward Gervinho for the next three league games, after his suspension was upheld by the Football Association despite an appeal. He will miss the home game with Liverpool this Saturday, the trip to Old Trafford the following Sunday and then the hosting of Swansea City on 10 September.
On Saturday he made his Arsenal debut away at Newcastle United, but, after a lively start, he was sent off in the second half for appearing to slap Joey Barton in the face following a confrontation. His dismissal for violent conduct brings a standard three-match ban, which Arsenal appealed as "clearly excessive". An FA commission heard the claim yesterday and dismissed it, ruling the Ivorian out of the next three games. His team-mate Alex Song may face a ban of the same length after he was charged for stamping on Barton in the same match.
The departures continued at Arsenal yesterday as right-back Emmanuel Eboué left for Turkish side Galatasaray. Eboué signed a four-year contract in Istanbul after the clubs agreed a fee of €3.5m (£3.1m).
Eboué joined Arsenal from Belgian side Beveren in 2005. Primarily a right-back, Eboué played 214 games for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 10 goals. "Everyone at Arsenal thanks Manu for his contribution," read a statement on Arsenal.com, "and wishes him the best of luck."
Another departure from Arsenal yesterday saw Carlos Vela join Real Sociedad on loan for the season. Vela will be joined in Spain by 21-year-old Brazilian defender Pedro Botelho, who will go on loan to Rayo Vallecano.