The Summer Transfer Window was destined to be a hectic, active period for Arsenal FC. After enduring a tumultuous demise in which the Carling Cup defeat was the catalyst, the North London giants season unraveled, concluding without the satisfaction of silverware.
The disappointment signified the sixth successive season without a trophy ensuring the demand for success immensely intensified. However 2010/2011 was not entirely disastrous for Arsene Wenger and his men with a number of important positives surfacing for the Gunners.
Teenager Jack Wilshere enjoyed a stellar first season in the Arsenal first team, amassing 49 appearances and 2 goals which was rewarded with selection in the PFA Team of the Year and the achievement of PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Striker Robin van Persie showed the caliber and damage the Dutchman is capable of when fit as van Persie was in scintillating form from the commencement of the New Year, netting 18 goals in 17 appearances. A certain bright light season in the otherwise dark season for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal faithful, was the form and maturity of Samir Nasri.
Since joining the Gunners in 2008 from French giants Olympique de Marseille for £13 million, Nasri has conveyed great promise but injuries and lapses in consistency restricted the Frenchman's impact. However 2010/2011 saw the 23 year old become one of World Football's most damaging midfielders as Nasri concluded the season with 46 appearances and 15 goals alongside a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
However it appears Nasri's form has gone to his head. Currently entering the final year of his contract with Arsenal, Wenger has been eager to resign the French international on a long term contract for some time now with Nasri refusing each occasion, demanding to focus on the season before considering his future.
Now with the season concluded, the French play maker is still declining the advances of Wenger with demands to receive a considerable boost in wages. Nasri has also been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United with Nasri stating
"Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it's real and if it is concrete."
The dynamo is reportedly unhappy with the amount Arsenal have offered in their new improved contract. Nasri reportedly demands the same amount of pay a week as captain Cesc Fabregas, which is believed to be in the region of £110,00 a week.
Granted the Frenchman has every right to demand a pay increase as this season the Frenchman was one of Wenger's best players. However although it was Nasri's best season to date for the Gunners, it was in no means superb and enough to demand a huge increase in wage or threaten to depart.
It is disgraceful behavior from the former Marseille midfielder and highlights the distinct lack of heart and loyalty at the Gunners which can be translated back to a factor in the North London giant's inability to succeed.
There is no denying Nasri's ability, one of the quickest, smartest and most creative play makers who can thrive in the midfield and in the forward line. Blessed with clinical passing and finishing, composure and balance, the 23 year old is still young and developing yet is already renowned in Europe.
Granted Arsenal do not offer the wage the likes of big spenders Inter Milan, Manchester United or Manchester City can table but to fail to come to any sort of agreement of a wage demand is disrespectful to teammates and to a club that values Samir Nasri highly.
Let's face it although the Frenchman was strong there is no evading his form dipped when Arsenal entered their significant and horrific demise in the later part of the season. Three goals emerged in 2011 and occasionally Nasri endured performances where one could be forgiven for failing to find the young gun on the field.
Furthermore Nasri was not the only Arsenal player to perform well in 2010/2011. Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny both enjoyed stellar seasons yet neither have emerged with demands for a high wage increase or threats to depart the Emirates.
The need for success at Arsenal has intensified and one would expect all players to be eager to eradicate the six year trophy burden that currently haunts Norh London. There is no point in Arsenal possessing a player, regardless of ability, who will only give his all if the correct weekly sum is present.
Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini are two notable examples who showed similar attitudes to Nasri after one strong season with the Gunners. Both departed the Emirates and although received increased money and silverware, their contributions and reputations to their teams diminished as both are figments of the players they were at Arsenal.
There is every chance Wenger and Nasri will come to an agreement and the Frenchman will remain with the Gunners, however there is no denying the poor behavior conveyed by Samir Nasri.