Arsene Wenger gave the clearest indication yet that Samir Nasri is on the way out of Arsenal by announcing he was in the squad for tomorrow’s game against Liverpool.
Last weekend the Arsenal manager said he expected nobody to leave, then sold Cesc Fabregas. Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Wenger said, “He is in the squad tomorrow and available to be picked to play”.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal are willing to take the risk of him picking up an injury that could scupper a deal, not to mention the questionable motivation of the player, but the state of Arsenal’s squad could force Wenger’s hand.
Rosicky, two games into the new season, is being ‘rested’ because of a little niggle, Song is suspended, while Wilshere and Diaby are injured, leaving Aaron Ramsey and rookie Fred Frimpong as the only available central midfielders.
Earlier, Man City boss Roberto Mancini said he hoped the deal to bring Nasri to the Middle Eastlands could be completed without delay.
“I hope that we can close very quickly now”, he said at his press conference. “I don’t know the latest because my focus is on the game”.
It looks like any deal will have to wait until after tomorrow’s game.