Samir Nasri joins Man City as Arsenal face Udinese in Champions League

Its been an appalling few weeks for Arsene Wenger as his he deals with the loss of Cesc Fabregas , as well as a home defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates last week.

The Gunners now face Udinese in their crucial Champions League qualifier without Sami Nasri, who has set to join Manchester City after his medical at the Etihad today.

Samir Nasri transfer to Man City blow to Arsenal at Udinese

It will be a bitter blow to Arsene Wenger as his squad slowly becomes ravaged with injuries and departures, and the move of the 24yr old Nasri to Manchester, who many saw as the future of the club will have Gunners fans scratching their heads.

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As a £25m deal nears completion for the Frenchman, Arsenal must now make the trip to Udinese with a slender one goal advantage, and failure to reach the qualifying stages of the Champions League would be seen as a catastrophic failure, and could cost the club as much as £20m in lost revenues.

Indeed, Arsene Wenger and Pat Rice know that the Italians did show more than enough glimpses to suggest that it will not be plain sailing, and with Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Abou Diaby and Kieran Gibbs all out injured this is a game Francesco Guidolin will be optimistic of a positive outcome for the Italians. Antonio di Natale looked a threat going forward in the game at the Emirates and with Pablo Armero making surging runs through midfield the Arsenal back four could be in for a busy night,

Emmanuel Frimpong, Alex Song and Gervinho as well as Robin Van Persie will be available, as well as Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey, although Wenger may have to include Carl Jenkinson at left back,  a £1m summer signing from Charlton, as the squad looks increasingly threadbare.

Things do not ease up for Arsenal as they must make the trip next Sunday to face the Champioms Old Trafford, a game even die hard Gunners fans may not relish this time around.


As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).