Samir Nasri trains with Arsenal as move remains in balance
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri trained with the squad this morning ahead of their crunch Champions League tie against Udinese tomorrow, with his future seemingly no closer to being resolved.
The France international started Saturday's defeat to Liverpool despite reports claiming he was on the brink of joining Manchester City, whose manager Roberto Mancini said on Sunday that he hoped to sign the 24-year-old "this week".
His stance is the opposite to that of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, though, who claims that Nasri is "happy" in north London.
Arsenal head to Udine later today, needing to preserve their one-goal lead if they are to reach the group stages of the Champions League and, if Nasri were to play, he would be cup-tied until the new year and become a much less attractive proposition for City.
It is not yet known whether or not Nasri will fly out with his team-mates, but England midfielder Jack Wilshere definitely will not, missing training again owing to his ongoing ankle injury.
Wenger's midfield options are boosted however, owing to the fact that Alex Song and Emmanuel Frimpong's domestic suspensions will not apply at the Stadio Friuli.
Lille star Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
But the French champions have insisted they will rebuff any offer from the Gunners or any other club.
General manager Frederic Paquet told BBC Sport: "Eden will not be leaving this season.
"We are aware of interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but we are not prepared to sell. "He is very happy here, he understands our project and wants to stay for at least another year."
Hazard has scored 23 goals in 123 club appearances and won 20 caps for his country.
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