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Nasri Selected for Arsenal
Well this is going to be awkward. Due to a significantly depleted roster—Jack Wilshere is still missing due to injury, and Alex Song and Gervinho are serving three-match domestic bans—Arsene Wenger has (un)willingly included want-away Samir Nasri in Arsenal’s team selection for the weekend clash against Liverpool.
After being booed and heckled by Arsenal fans last weekend (there's a rather unsavory cheer concerning the Frenchman that can be looked up on YouTube,) Nasri tweeted “I heard what the fans were singing about me on Saturday and it is really disrespectful because I'm still an Arsenal player,”—the most important word in that tweet being still.
Arsenal fans waste little time in voicing their displeasure, as Emmanuel Adebayor found out after forcing a move away from the Emirates to Manchester City in 2009.
According to Roberto Mancini, the Nasri-to-Manchester City deal is in its final stages and could be completed by Monday. But just to make the situation a bit more bizarre, Nasri apparently stated on Friday that he preferred Manchester United to their crosstown rivals.
We are thinking the same thing: “When will this saga end!”
Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal?
Rumors swirled about the Arsenal camp Friday. Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein warned Arsenal supporters that the iconic French manager could step away from the club if the rampant criticism toward him fails to subside.
Despite promising a summer-spending spree (just like every summer), Wenger has spent no more than 12 million on a player—which he put down to bring Southampton teen winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Emirates.
In his weekly press conference early Friday, Wenger exhorted fans to trust his judgment. Given the current climate, that call will likely fall upon deaf ears. Gunners fans want results—and if Arsenal fail to secure qualification for the Champions League group stages, and drop points to Liverpool and Manchester United in coming weeks, August could prove to be a true span of dog days for the Frenchman.
Spanish Opening Weekend Postponed
After a thrilling Supercopa (Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 5-4 on aggregate) got Spanish fans excited for the weekend, a player strike has delayed the start of the 2011 season indefinitely, due to lack of fulfilled contracts.
Spanish players have said that they will strike for the entire season if necessary, but negotiations have progressed in the past week and a solution is expected to be arrived upon soon.
I know you might be disappointed now, Spanish fans, but in the long run, this strike will have little effect on the season.
As the NFL has proved, if a popular league sorts out its legal issues without taking away games, the fans will come back.