Arsene Wenger claims Samir Nasri is not affected by the uncertainty over his future.
With just 12 months to go on his current contract, and unwilling to sign a new deal, the Frenchman has been linked with moves to Premier League rivals Manchester United and Man City. However, the Arsenal manager insists that Nasri’s performances on the pitch will not suffer as a result.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 4-0 win over a Malaysia XI ,Wenger said, “He has always had a very good attitude. We are a big club with many good young players so we are confronted with many rumours and speculation. But it doesn’t affect much what’s happening inside the club. We have to live with that and you could see when he played that he wasn’t disturbed by that”.
It has been reported that a club agreement was in place regarding both Clichy and Nasri that they would be sold if they did not sign new contracts, but Wenger says he believes the board back his Nasri stance.
“I think so, I believe that is no problem. It is a technical decision. What is important is that the club has a good team and is in a strong financial situation. The decisions are dictated by financial restrictions but not only by that. The most important thing is that the team is right and our financial situation is right as well”.
And he remains positive that the stories won’t affect Nasri’s relationship with the Arsenal fans, saying “I believe that everybody who loves Arsenal wants all our strong players to stay at the club”.