Marouane Chamakh has told L’Equipe TV that both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas are likely to leave Arsenal before the transfer window closes, and that Arsene Wenger is actively seeking replacements for them.
Chamakh was speaking to the “Foot and co” show and said, “I think both of them are likely leaving the club. It’s a difficult situation for the manager.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of money for Fabregas or Samir, I think he (Wenger) is looking for their successors and he hasn’t found them. I think before letting them go he wants to find the players to replace them. That’s my opinion about the situation. The problem is the season starts this weekend, and it’s even more difficult for us.”
And Chamakh called into the question the way both situations have been allowed develop, especially regarding Nasri’s contract.
“I think in the situation the club was in, they could have let only one leave. Especially Cesc – he wants to leave for several seasons because he’s born in Barcelona. But Samir is now in a situation where he has 1 year left on his contract, so if they don’t sell him this summer he will leave for free at the end of the season.
“Is the club ready to refuse a little bit more than €20m to keep a good player for 1 season? It’s strange – at a club like Arsenal – that he’s now with 1 year left on his contract, that the club couldn’t make him sign a new contract before”.
The renewed doubts over two of Arsenal’s most important players are untimely given the new season kicks off in just five days. Nasri has been strongly linked again with Man City, some reports suggesting he’d agreed personal terms, while there is still no further clarification over whether or not the cheap-arsed Catalan twats have the money to buy Cesc.
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