Posted on Monday, 30th May 2011 by James Lamb
Talk is rife as to who Arsene Wenger is going to add to the Arsenal squad this summer. Already this week I’ve heard the likes of Valbuena, Parker, Samba and Gervinho linked to the North London club, but I believe the most important signing Arsenal will make this summer will be from within the club.
It’s been well documented as of late that Samir Nasri only has one year left to run on his current contract at Arsenal. Wenger will be working tirelessly to convince Nasri to sign a new deal and tie down one of Arsenal’s shining lights from this season. I believe that if Samir was to put pen to paper this summer, then this would be the best piece of business Wenger could do.
Although big signings are expected by Arsenal fans, I think there are very few players in the world that can give as much to the Arsenal team as Nasri does. We’ve seen this season what the French midfielder can do. His talent has been evident in previous seasons, but his performances weren’t consistent. This season he’s come of age, and at only 23 years of age, he still has a lot to give to Arsenal.
As it seems that Cesc Fabregas may be leaving Arsenal within the next couple of years, it’s imperative that Wenger convinces Nasri to sign a new contract, as I see him as the perfect replacement for the Spaniard when he does eventually return to Barcelona. After seeing Nasri play in the centre of midfield for France, I’ve been longing for Wenger to somehow bring him into the middle of Arsenal’s midfield. If this eventually happens, then I can see Nasri developing into one of the best players in world football.
It also has to be acknowledged that Nasri is only going to get better in the next few years, if Arsenal were to lose him now, then we’d be losing him to a top European club for his best years. This would be a devastating blow to Arsenal, especially having spent the past few years developing the Frenchman into the player he is. It would be a sucker punch to see the player they helped developed, performing at the top of his game at another top club.
The importance of this signing would show to other European clubs that they can’t just pick and choose from Arsenal’s talent. In the past few years, Arsenal have lost the likes of Hleb, Flamini, Adebayor and Toure to rival clubs. Stability brings success, so the sooner Wenger can stop the slow departure of the top players from the club, the better.
Finally, if Nasri doesn’t put pen to paper over the summer, then Wenger has a dilemma on his hands. Does he cash in on the French star this summer?
Wenger signed Nasri for about £12 million in the summer of 2008 – will he want to recoup that money back on the midfielder? Or will he keep him on for next season knowing full well that he could lose him for nothing next summer?
Do you think Nasri will sign a new deal at the Emirates?
If he doesn’t, do you think Wenger should cash in on the Arsenal playmaker? Or would you be willing to lose him for nothing in order to get another season out of him?
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