Friday, July 11, 2008

New Signing..CONFIRM!!!


Samir Nasri, French international, has completed his transfer from Marseille to English Premier League side Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around $23.7 million.

Nasri, who will join up with the Gunners squad on their pre-season tour of Austria on July 21, said: "I am very happy to become an Arsenal player, it means such a lot to me.

"This is a very important step in my life as a football player because Arsenal is a massive club.

"I really hope everything will go well for me here. I will my best for Arsenal and its fans and I am honoured to be part of such a great football club."

The 21-year-old, who was Marseille's Player of the Year in 2007, is Arsene Wenger's second summer signing after the capture of Welsh star Aaron Ramsey from Cardiff.

The Arsenal boss believes his latest acquisition has all the attributes to make an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium.

"Samir has shown great potential with his performances for Marseille and the French national team over the past two seasons and he will add great quality to our squad," Wenger said.

"He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player."

Nasri's arrival could speed midfielder Alexander Hleb's departure after the Belarus winger told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he wanted to leave London because he can't stand the hectic lifestyle.

Barcelona, La Liga giants, are leading the chase for Hleb, who may not be the only player heading for the Emirates exit door.

Wenger is resigned to losing Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva to Greek club Panathinaikos and has a fight on his hands to persuade Emmanuel Adebayor to snub AC Milan's advances.

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