Manchester City New Boy Samir Nasri Fact File

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1987: June 26 – Born in Marseille.

2004: Makes senior debut for Marseille after having joined the club aged nine.

May – Wins UEFA Under-17 Championship with France.

2007: March – Makes senior France debut in friendly match against Austria.

May – Named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.

June – Scores first goal for France when he nets in 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying victory against Georgia.

September – Is hospitalised with a meningitis-like virus.

2008: May 22 – Nasri’s agent reveals Arsenal are one of a number of clubs to have made an offer for the player.

May 28 – Named in France squad for Euro 2008.

June 3 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirms interest in Nasri.

June 23 – Announces on his official website that he has signed a four-year contract with Arsenal. However, he later retracts this, while Arsenal insist the deal is not complete.

July 4 – Nasri’s agent reveals the player should sign for Arsenal within 10 days.

July 11 – Arsenal confirm the deal for an undisclosed fee.

2009: Ends first season with Gunners having started 28 Premier League games, scoring six goals.

2010: May – Surprisingly omitted from the France squad for the World Cup in South Africa, although he arguably benefits from missing out Les Bleus’ farcical campaign.

2011: January – Suffers a hamstring injury in an FA Cup tie against Huddersfield which leaves him highly doubtful to feature in the Champions League last-16 encounter with Barcelona.

February 16 – Passed fit to play in the first leg of the Barca tie as Arsenal win 2-1 but the Gunners lose 4-3 on aggregate after a 3-1 defeat at the Nou Camp.

May: Nasri’s best season yet for Arsenal as he scores 15 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, but the team are still without a major trophy since winning the 2005 FA Cup.

June 5: Expresses uncertainty over his Arsenal future, saying he “does not know” if he will sign a new contract with the club and does not rule out a move to Manchester United.

August 23: Manchester City agree terms with Arsenal for Nasri.

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