Monday, June 02, 2008
Wenger: “Nasri has a considerable margin for improvement”. But what about his wages?
By 1970’s Gooner
Samir Nasri came on as a substitute for France in their Euro 2008 preparation game against Paraguay last Saturday and almost immediately had an impact on the game.
Watching it I could clearly see why Arsene Wenger is quite ready to part with £12.5 m of Arsenal’s (tight) cash. This was a much improved performance than in his last outing against Equador a few days before.
Nasri is not yet 21 yet he showed against Paraguay that he has the football nous along with the skills that may make him a big hit in the Premiership.
He came on in an advanced midfield position between the front players and the defensive midfielders (in the Bergkamp area)and was very good at turning with the ball and dribbling past players.
He was thus able to advance menacingly at opponents, opening avenues for his forward players to make the runs behind the defence so as to receive his often incisive passes.
He is, in other words, a typical Wenger attacking midfielder and one that would perform a similar role that Hleb does (or did).
No wonder the Marseille newspaper “La Provence” is today quoting Wenger as saying that Nasri has a considerable margin for further improvement:
"At 21 years old his whole future is ahead of him and he has (quite) a margin for progressing further. He has in any case the qualities needed to assert himself at the highest level".
Ed: Nasri will be 21 in June 26
As I wrote in my previous posting (Arfa, Gomis and Diarra impress more than Nasri), Nasri does have one major positive difference to Hleb and that is his thirst and quest for shots and goals.
This boy will not dilly dally when a shooting opportunity unfolds. And he proved it against Paraguay.
He will have a pot, like say Frank Lampard does, so expect some nice deflected goals coming Arsenal’s way next season.
If he does get to join that is!
Because it seems that although the deal has been agreed between the two clubs the player’s personal terms have not.
This is apparently why, as we reported on Arsenal Analysis (Nasri transfer to Arsenal hits a snag?) the transfer has not yet materialised.
Nasri’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernès said as far back as May 20th that:
“Nothing is done. There is no hurry. We actually are studying a proposal from Arsenal for Samir Nasri, but I also received other offers."
Arsene Wenger has admitted as much when he said only yesterday:
“It is more complicated now because the wage differences (between the French and the English league) are not as big as they used to be.
“It is very difficult (to transfer players from the French league) but England is considered one of the two top leagues and the best players want to play against the best players.”
“La Provence” is further reporting today that the deal will be completed after the Euro ends so that the player can concentrate on the important matter of helping his country win the trophy rather than worry about transfer matters.
This may prove risky for Arsenal for if the player has a good tournament then who is to say that either the player or his club may come back with renewed demands?