Wenger - Nasri move long way off
Arsene Wenger has insisted Samir Nasri is happy at the club and says any deal for his possible departure is nowhere near being done.
Last Updated: 21/08/11 3:41pm
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted Samir Nasri is happy at the club and says any deal for his possible departure is nowhere near being done.
Nasri had been expected to complete a move to Manchester City before reports emerged on Saturday that the transfer had fallen through.
Wenger selected Nasri in the Arsenal starting XI for the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool and after the match refused to be drawn on the latest stories surrounding the midfielder, saying he did not know if talks had broken down.
The Gunners manager has now declared that no deal is imminent and indicated that Nasri may yet remain at the Emirates Stadium.
"He is happy here. There is no departure of Nasri at the moment," Wenger told French media outlet TF1.
"Maybe one day, but it's far, far, far from being done."
Nasri's departure would leave the Gunners severely undermanned in midfield after Cesc Fabregas completed his protracted move to his hometown club Barcelona last week.
To add to Wenger's problems he is also without Alex Song and Gervinho due to suspension while Emmanuel Frimpong, who made his starting league debut on Saturday, will also serve a ban after he saw red against Liverpool.