Many thought he was as good as gone, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Samir Nasri will remain at the club for at least another season.
The French international was reportedly on the verge of a £20m to Manchester City, while Manchester United were also in the hunt to secure his signature.
This talk was not pleasing for Gunners fans, but they will be happy with the latest news regarding Nasri’s future.
Wenger has been rather quiet during much of the speculation, but he has spoken out on the issue saying that Nasri is ‘very happy at the club and is committed to staying at the club.’
The question was then asked about why Nasri hadn’t signed a new contract as yet. This is, after all, what has caused much of the rumours regarding his future.
On this, Wenger said that he hopes the player will sign a new contract, but stressed that he is not the only person who decides whether this happens.
Arsenal may have to settle for keeping Nasri for another year and then facing a battle to secure his signature again next summer when the midfielder will weigh up his other options.
Away from Nasri, Wenger also stated how he was hopeful that Cesc Fabregas will remain at the club despite strong rumours about how it was a matter of time before he completed a move to Barcelona.
Then, to complete a rare good news day for Arsenal this summer, it was confirmed that the club have signed Ivory Coast international Gervinho from Lille.
The striker has joined for around £10.6m and could join up with his new squad for the latter part of their pre-season tour of Asia as preparations for the 2011/2012 Premier League season get underway.