French star to be rewarded with extended stay at Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal are preparing a new five-year contract offer for Samir Nasri that would see him join Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin among the club’s highest earners.
Nasri has been arguably the outstanding player in the entire Premier League so far this season and there is a growing hope at Arsenal that he will soon join the core of the squad who have already committed themselves to Arsène Wenger’s long-term vision.
Preliminary talks have already been held, with Nasri’s recent form certainly perfectly timed in terms of his negotiating position.
At 23, he is now entering his prime and his 11 goals already this season are already his highest return since joining from Marseille in 2008 for £15.8 million.
The expectation is that Nasri will be offered — and agree — an extension to his contract from 2012 until 2015 and a salary increase to around £80,000-a-week.
Further talks are also imminent with both Gaël Clichy and Arshavin, whose contracts expire in 2012. Since the arrival of Ivan Gazidis as chief executive in 2009, Arsenal have been particularly proactive in persuading their existing players to agree longer-term contracts, with the club focusing most of their revenues on preserving Wenger’s young squad rather than making expensive new signings. (Daily Telegraph)
If one player at Arsenal deserves a reward for their form, it is Samir Nasri.
Arsenal have been looking for someone to step up in Cesc Fabregas’ absence, and there is little question that Nasri – and to a lesser, but still significant degree – Andrei Arshavin have upped their games tremendously.
While Barcelona’s signing of Ibrahim Afellay makes it less likely that Fabregas will leave next summer, the fact that Arsenal have a number of their creative midfielders capable of the sublime bodes well for their future.
A more even spread of goals throughout the team would be an enormous help, and then the belief that Arsene Wenger’s side can mount a serious title challenge would be more widespread – as it would be if they could shore up their leaky defence.
The committal of Nasri until 2015 is great news for Arsenal though, and will be a fantastic boost for all those at the club.
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