Saturday 18 November 2017

'Bitter' Nasri moves closer to exit door

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Samir Nasri moved closer to leaving Arsenal yesterday with comments on what the club believe to be his personal Facebook page announcing that he will "certainly leave very soon", and will do so with "bitterness and anger".

The French midfielder has been close to a move to Manchester City in recent weeks, having refused to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

An announcement written on what Arsenal believe to be his Facebook page suggested that his departure was imminent. "I was very disappointed by the supporters last weekend," he wrote, referring to critical chants aimed at him on Saturday.

"I am still an Arsenal player but I will certainly leave very soon. It's nearly done. But I will leave with bitterness and anger in my heart," the Frenchman added.

Arsenal will be without striker Gervinho for the next three league games, after his suspension was upheld by the FA despite an appeal. He will miss the home game with Liverpool this Saturday, the trip to Old Trafford the following Sunday and then the hosting of Swansea City on September 10.

On Saturday he made his Arsenal debut at Newcastle, but was sent off in the second half for appearing to slap Joey Barton in the face following a confrontation. His dismissal for violent conduct brings a standard three-match ban, which Arsenal appealed as "clearly excessive".

An FA commission heard the claim yesterday and dismissed it, ruling the Ivorian out of the next three games.

His team-mate Alex Song may face a ban of the same length after he was charged for stamping on Barton.

The departures continued at Arsenal yesterday as right-back Emmanuel Eboue left for Turkish side Galatasaray. Eboue signed a four-year contract in Istanbul after the clubs agreed a fee of £3.1m.

Another departure from Arsenal yesterday saw Carlos Vela join Real Sociedad on loan for the season. Vela will be joined in Spain by 21-year-old Brazilian defender Pedro Botelho, who will go on loan to Rayo Vallecano. (© Independent News Service)

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