Arsenal FC: 10 Possible Replacements for Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri has grabbed headlines through his contract dispute and stalling, and in the process has kept me and many Gooners on the edge of our seats. Many now display their anger towards the Frenchman, and there is speculation that Nasri could leave the club this summer. Personally, I do not wish to see Nasri leave, but there no player is truly bigger than his club. In case IF Nasri does leave, here are 10 possible replacements.
Update: Nasri recently did an interview with the French channel TF1, in which he talked about the contract situation. Here is the link: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/926088/samir-nasri-refuses-to-commit-his-future-to-arsenal?cc=4716
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Lille star and Belgian international Eden Hazard is one of the most talented young footballers in the world and recently won the Best Player in France award. Hazard has been linked to many of the best clubs in the world, including the Gunners, out of whom Wenger is known to be a huge admirer.
Hazard is skillful player, who has extreme poise, skill, is excellent with both feet and is creative with the ball. He is one of the main reasons for Lille's title triumph this season, and is tipped for a great future. He is, in my opinion, a great talent and would be an excellent replacement for Samir Nasri, almost a like-for-like replacement.
Hazard is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at around 19.8 million pounds, but it would take more than that to persuade his club to sell him, as the club have stated that it would take "silly" money to persuade them to sell the prodigious talent. Further, considering the huge interest shown by other clubs, it would probably cost Arsenal 25-30 million pounds to acquire Eden Hazard.
Club: Wigan Athletic
N'Zogbia has been linked numerous times to possible moves to the Gunners, N'Zogbia is a talented Frenchman who mainly plays as a left winger. He is quick, well-built, skillful and a good crosser with a strong left foot. N'Zogbia is also a reliable set piece taker and is a one-timed capped French international.
He has the skills and attributes of an excellent winger and deserves to play with a big club. He is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at around 7.9 million pounds, which is a very affordable and attainable price. Thus, N'Zogbia is a good option as a possible replacement for Nasri.
Club: PSV Eindhoven
Dzsudszak is another talented winger and has had two straight sensational seasons with his club PSV Eindhoven. The Hungarian international was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners last season and is believed to be a target for many of Europe's best clubs. Dzsudszak is a player blessed with pace, skill, craft, and is a great dribbler with an excellent left foot.
Dzsudszak is an excellent player in my opinion and could perform very well with Arsenal. He is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at around 11.4 million pounds, though I believe it would take a bit more than that to acquire him—probably in the 15-18 million pound range... still affordable.
Navas would definitely be an excellent target and signing. He is one of the most talented and gifted players I've seen, and has still yet to receive the recognition he deserves. Jesus Navas is blessed with skill, quick feet, the ability to run at defenders, and is an excellent crosser. Navas is a top-class winger, one of the best not only in Spain, but in all of Europe.
Navas would be a great signing for the Gunners and a top-class replacement should Nasri leave. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Jesus Navas is valued at around 22 million pounds. This would be a difficult transfer due to Navas' loyalty to Sevilla and his high value, but it's worth a go, especially as Sevilla won't offer him Champions League football next season. Furthermore, a move to a top club would give him a better chance to be a regular with Spain's national side.
Club: Velez Sarsfield
A player that the Gunners are hugely interested in, Alvarez caused major headlines when he was rumored to be Arsenal's first signing of the season. He is a skilled attacking midfielder and is an excellent dribbler despite his height. He has been likened to Real Madrid star Kaka, and is expected to move to bigger and better things. He is valued by his club, Velez Sarsfield, at around 12 million pounds.
Club: FC Barcelona
Ibrahim Afellay was acquired just a few months ago by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven. He has long been linked with a potential move to the Gunners, and though he primarily plays as a central attacking midfielder, he can really play in any position in midfield. He is known for his incredible skills, especially in dribbling and running at defenders. He is creative, a great passer, and has an excellent right foot. Afellay hasn't been given as much playing time as he hoped with Barcelona, and is being linked with a move away from Barcelona.
Of course, any transfer deal with Barcelona would most likely involve Cesc Fabregas, and press reports suggest that Afellay could be used as a makeweight for a potential deal. I believe Afellay would be an excellent signing and is like-for-like replacement for Nasri if he leaves.
This transfer is highly unlikely, however, unless Cesc Fabregas is involved in the deal. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Afellay is valued at around 12.3 million pounds.
Willian Borges Da Silva
Club: Shakhtar D
Willian has been heavily linked to the Gunners this summer. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who usually plays in the left of midfield, starred in this year's Champions League along with his club, Shakhtar Donetsk. His performance in the two-legged second round match against AS Roma brought him to the attention of Europe's biggest clubs, including the Gunners.
Willian is blessed with skill, poise, is an excellent dribbler, and is creative. He is a bright talent with a bright future, and is expected to be a fixture for Brazil's national side in the future. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Willian is valued at around 13.2 million pounds.
The son of the legendary Abedi Pele, Andre Ayew is one of the most talented young African rising stars in Europe. Ayew primarily plays as a left winger and his known for his charisma, hard-working attitude, pace, skill, and good crossing.
Andre Ayew has been linked with the Gunners and has starred with Marseille this term, winning the fans' Player of the Season award. Ayew is an exciting player and would do very well as a Gunner. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, he is valued around 8.8 million pounds.
Club: From within Arsenal
Lansbury has been with the club since the age of 9 and has played in each of the club's levels, from the youth sides to the reserves and then the first team. Lansbury can play anywhere in midfield and is known for his excellent passing, his timely runs, and his his work-rate. He put in a fine performance against Tottenham in the League Cup, scoring a goal and putting in an excellent shift.
Lansbury was loaned out to Norwich, where he led the side to promotion. Lansbury is a player who understands what it means to be a Gunner, as displayed by his goal celebration against rivals Tottenham. He has good passing range, works hard, and in my opinion is a reliable player. I don't think he is the perfect replacement for Nasri, but I believe he would do well.
Club: From within Arsenal
Ryo Miyaichi is Arsenal's latest bright prospect and rising star. He has made waves with Feyenoord, where he put in excellent performances while displaying his skill, pace, dribbling abitlity, and ability to run at defenders and make them look amateur. Miyaichi has been one of the sensations of the Dutch Eredivisie and became a fan-favorite at Feyenoord.
Many Gooners want to see Miyaichi finally play as a Gunner, and some consider him a sufficient replacement if Nasri leaves. He is a talented player, and I would love to finally see him in an Arsenal shirt, but another loan spell would do him the world of good—but if Wenger thinks he's ready, then I can't wait to see him play in the Arsenal shirt.
What Do You Think?
Despite the talent and quality of these players, I really hope that Nasri does stay a Gunner. Nonetheless, Nasri must realize that no player is bigger than his club... I hope he does.
What do you think? Are these good enough replacements? Which player do you want to see replace Nasri if he leaves? What are your thoughts on the whole Nasri situation? Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Cheers and take care,
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