Arsene Wenger (and the Arsenal fans!) will be hoping that the contract situation with Samir Nasri is sorted out this week to everyone’s satisfaction, but it seems that Wenger is looking at possible alternatives if the 24 year-old refuses to put pen to paper.
The French footy paper L’Equipe is convinced that Wenger is going to bid for the Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena as the perfect replacement for Nasri as he can play as an attacking midfielder or winger, and can dribble past opponents like his compatriot.
The 26 year-old has recently become a regular for the France national team alongside Nasri and scored against England last year, although he is not exactly famous for his goalscoring abilities, having just 15 goals in just 125 games for Marseille.
Arsene Wenger is sure to be very aware of his abilities, but he is only 5ft 6in (nicknamed “the little bike”) and Wenger made it clear that he would be looking for taller players this summer to improve Arsenal’s set-piece weaknesses.
And £20m seems just a tad expensive for a Wenger purchase, even if he recouped the full amount from selling Nasri….