Arsenal target £20m French playmaker to replace Nasri

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….

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49 thoughts on “Arsenal target £20m French playmaker to replace Nasri

  1. Kaan

    Dont wanna stay gooo! why even bother with these money hungry players

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  2. Florin

    why again must to come a French player???Arsenal is a French team?we have entire defense from France…Clichy,Koncesky,Squillaci,Sagna+Nasri…I like very mutch Thierry Henry…was and is my idol forever…But players like Koncesky&Squillaci don’t deserve to be at Arsenal…why the defense can’t look like that:Gibbs,Cahill,Dann,Sagna?…I like Wilshere very mutch and I hope to be our Gerrard…and I want Mario Gotze…is mutch better than Valbuena…and is a serious German…a loyal player but he is the perfect replace for Cescelona…I heard he is back on our training from today.

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  3. gunner

    hes not worth 20mill 4 sure.only if media hypes up tings,marseille wil demand such a fee…

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  4. Josh

    I think we need valbeuina to replace fabergas and taarabt to replace nasri

    …………………Schezny……………….
    sagna…….samba…………..cahil…vermaleen
    Gervinho……valbuiena…whilshere…..taarabt
    ………….Walcott…..Van Persie…………
    that sqaud might not win the prem but it could definatly win us the fa cup and carling cup.
    who agrees post comment

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  5. stu

    valbuenna is just a similar player to nasri and we wont get him if we do sell nasri – personally i think he will stay as he knows cesc is going and he will be the main man for us in cesc role and in his prefered position in the centre

    i think if cesc and nasri both go – wenger will change the formation and go back to 4-4-2

    the downing rumour wont go away – but id prefer if we signed n’zogbia to play in that left wing role

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  6. jesus casanova

    i’d prefere,…………..viviano……………….
    …….sagna…cahill……..vermaelen…….enrique…
    ..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,song……………………..
    …………valbuena………….wilshere………….
    …walcott…………………………….gervinho….
    ………………….van persie……………………

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  7. brotherjohn

    Good lord…valbuena is one of the smallest player or maybe the smallest in football..he is so physically weak…for it s no no and no…

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  8. Alex

    I’d rather someone like Gourcuff, he is tall and strong and has great vision and a killer set-piece taker!! He can play anywhere in midfield. If he can settle at Arsenal he would be the perfect addition to the midfield.

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  9. SHAWN O

    clichy having he’s medical right as we speak over @ man city and i really can’t blame him

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  10. Lefootix

    I’m french and even I would prefer not to see another frenchman.
    Espacially this one. You may not know this guy too much in the UK, but while being able to do some speedy nervous runs, he is really… let’s say messy (by no means messi) in his way of playing. Dribbling a la Ribery sometimes, which means lots of randomness around. Can’t build a serious team around him. He has appeared many times in the French national team but is no really starting 11 player either.
    But he is a fighter, I’ll give him that.

    I’d rather go with Downing or someone better, really.

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  11. rocky

    Quick youtube compilation, hes got quick feet but as soon as its crunch time he can’t seem to deliver the ball. Seems a bit rushed. Don’t buy, fight for Nasri and concentrate on buying players we needed replacing 2 seasons ago.

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  12. jermaine

    valbuena is to short maybe for an arshavin replacement he would be good. as for cesc going get vidal to play beside song with nasri in front. what this means is that weve increased the height of the team if nsri goes then get gercouff or gotze who have equally as much potential as nasri and in gercuff case he will add height to the team.

    if were looking at british based players as replacments;

    downing/nzogbia 4 left wing (nasri doesnt want to play their and arshavin isnt a regular there.

    scott dann 4 squilacci this player would be loyal as he knows he wont play for a bigger team than us.

    barton 4 denilson he has slightly more techniqual ability and alot more grit and determination

    also viera as a player coach

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  13. dasler

    all this talk is getting boring now i don’t care who goes or come in now no matter what were better than all the rest of them spent nothing for years but still in europe with kids not bad a wenger will spend this season but he must sell the bad pennys first before adding the nice shit

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  14. Tobey

    Hey MR WENGER STOP SCOUTING UNPROVEN FRENCH PLAYERS
    WTF ARE WE SOME FRENCH SQUAD OR NO
    ARSENAL FC – France B
    it will be
    IF YOUR GETTING A FRENCH PLAYMAKER IT HAS TO BE A PROVEN ONE
    MARVIN MARTIN AKA NEW XAVI
    OR YOANN GOURCUFF
    NOBODY ELSE
    AND WTF HAPPENED TO GERVINHO
    HE DISAPPEARED WITH THE REST OF OUR PLAYERS EH
    IN WENGER WE RUST
    SPEND SOME FUCKING MONEY

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  15. jermaine

    valbuena is worth 8.8mill so lesss than 12mill would have been beliveable 20mill is a joke

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  16. S.H

    Valbuena is a terrific buy! This guy is tenacious at midfield. He can dribble, pass, score, is creative and tricky. Oh and he’s quick! Valbuena is great at keeping the ball so it suits our possession playing style. Although he’s a shorter player than Nasri at 5’7(correct me if wrong), he makes up for his stellar displays in midfield.

    We can balance the midfield with more height and hope we sign Alvarez standing at 6’2. I’m more than happy to replace Fabregas and Nasri for Valbuena and Alvarez. Cesc is a sensational passer and this will lack in our squad next year, but we do make up for it 2 fold with money to invest in a stronger back line and acquiring versatile players in midfield.

    Fabregas does have one weakness in his game and that comes down to SPEED. He is efficient with his movements but sometimes has lacked the quickness to get that extra space to either score, pass or tackle. Valbuena and Alvarez will strengthen this aspect and I can envision our front line of Walcott v.Persie and Gervinho all working in tandem and harmony.

    Jack Wilshere should replace Fabregas in the centre role instead of Nasri if he remains. We’ve seen many a time this season when Nasri has been on the right flank and cut in with his deadly quick feet and score. Porto got destroyed by Nasri with this same play. Jack is a great passer and I believe under Fabs tutelage he has matured and learnt a great deal. He is ideal in that role as he can tackle and defend too. Alvarez or Valbuena to support Wilshere on the left wing would be dangerous.

    Sagna Cahill/Samba Vermaelen Enrique

    Song

    Nasri Wilshere Alvarez/Valbuena

    Walcott v.Persie Gervinho

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  17. TROY

    I PREFER GET HAZARD,GERVINHO,CAHILL
    THE PLAYER GOOD SKILL,PACE N GOOD PROSPCT

    HAZARD = THE NEXT CR-7 N GOOD INVEST……
    GERVINHO = THE NEW DROGBA
    CAHILL = THE NEXT TONY ADAMS

    GET NOW ARSENE……

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  18. Florin

    ————————–Given—————————-

    Sagna————–Cahill——–Dann—————–Gibbs

    —————————Song—————————-

    —————–Wilshere——-Gotze———————-

    Walcott——————————————–Gervinho

    ————————-Persie—————————-

    Gunners,what you say about a Asley Cole comeback?we need some experiences players from defence and he is a real gunner…and Chelsea don’t want him anymore…What you say about that?

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  19. TROY

    FORMATION 2011-2012

    SZCHESNY
    DENILSON/VERMAELEN/CAHILL/SAGNA
    SONG/WILKSHIRE
    HAZARD/RVP/GERVINHO
    WALCOTT

    FABIANSKI
    GIBBS/KOSCIELNY/DJOUROU/EBOUE
    DIABY/RAMSEY
    VELA/ROSICKY/RYO
    CHAMAKH

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  20. Me-Basil

    ‘I give up’,who the hell is this guy? I mean really, is this suppose to convince our established players that Wenger is serious about bringing in re-inforcements. Is it?

    so far, this is where we stand:
    – a 19 year old from Charlton
    – a possible 17 year old from Southampton
    – a guy from Uzbekistan
    – a second choice Goalkeeper from ITaly,
    – two Spaniards from Barcelona aged 16 and 17
    – and a so called great player in Gerviniho from Lille.!!!!

    With that said, this has been the most exciting transfer window in years. We all have an idea of whoes leaving, but I can not wait to see who will come in. There is ofcourse a lot of pressure on Wenger to deliver and he usually like to surprise everyone.

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  21. aurora

    Losing Fabregas seems inevitable.
    But Valbuena for Nasri… & 20 million…This is crap !!
    Nasri can only be replaced with Hazard…..
    Come-On AW….Hazard please…Other than that Kaka/Sneider. If not, don’t bother to sell Nasri.

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  22. realistic tony

    EVEN THOUGH HES FRENCH, WENGER PROBABLY WONT PAY MORE THAN 12 FOR HIM…SO THAT IS A GOOD THING IN THIS CASE. GET SOME ESTABLISHED QUALITY PLAYERS WENGER OR JUST GO AND F+++ UP SOME OTHER CLUB

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  23. john love

    why not hazard or juan mata or people like downing pls wenger dont spoil our gonners for us

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  24. Darryl D.

    Wenger has said that one’s passport doesn’t dictate his interest in a player or not (or something like that). If this rumour is correct, then his tracking of Mathieu proves otherwise. For God’s sake AW, let’s look elsewhere. You can practice speaking French during the off season.

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  25. richie

    That would be the most stupid thing i’ve ever seen.

    Raising nasi’s saalry is 2-3 mill a year, selling him for no profit to a rival, and get this guy who won’t be good enough….. Would we even make it into the top 10 next year?/

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  26. moh

    Hazard is definitely the ideal replacement for Nasri. He is quick, skilful and young.

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  27. Scott

    Parker is better than both Fabregas and Nasri – Fact!!!!! because he won the player of the season.

    We need

    Green
    Sagna – needs to go aswell
    Cahill
    Dann
    Baines
    Parker
    Barton
    Whilshire
    Walcott
    Doyle
    Defoe

    We should also get Charton cole, strudridge and reo coker

    sell

    Vermelen
    Koscienly
    Clichy
    Song
    Nasri
    Fab
    Denilson
    Rosicky
    Diaby
    Van Persie
    Chamakh

    ALL NEED TO GO OTHER WISE SACK WENGER NOW

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  28. Yorch_44

    Ok… I would like to see in my gunners to Cavanni with Van Persie… we need another striker.

    Let to go to Fabregas… he is not even playing as well as he did it before… just cuz he wanna play in Barcelona.

    I feel that arsenal’s players are dissapointed cuz the team is not winning trophyies… they are too young… they need at least 2 or 3 experience players. In other words, mix the experience to teach the young.

    The problem is here, Wenger is going with just one striker (van Persie), an when u play that way u need people in mid field with goal power. Comparing with Barcelona for example. Here we dont have this, so the most clever action is to go with two strikers. So u are more dangerous and u are not dependant from the mid people.

    So it could be a good option to the Arsenal Cavanni as I said before, Falcao, Parker, Cahil or even Podolsky. I would like to se some germans players too… they have mental force and a big heart.

    Sorry for my english, is not my main language.

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  29. SHAWN O

    i think its time for me to write a new post i feel sick about everythings that’s going on

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  30. swe

    why that much money for valbuena what about hazard,Alvarez& hulk it’s a shame to pay that much money for valbuena.we need Alvarez please! please! please! please!

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  31. hanenyo

    Listening to Harry on sky. I think Wenger with his policy will struggle to bring top players to Arsenal and the so called kids will not stay after they matured.
    Some fans might not like this: if Wenger stick to his gun, Arsenal will not be among the top four this coming season.

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  32. farshid

    it is being reported clichy’s deal with man city is final :(

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  33. Ickis

    Be real everyone we are not getting Hazard. Cause by the time he leaves Lille he’ll be waaaayyyy to expesive!!!

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  34. 2pistols2cannons.

    No chance of getting Hazard none at all and no chance of getting Mata even though i think hes to small anyway.

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  35. Qazeem

    Prof.sell cesc on time @ a reasonable price.pls, sign Ricky Alvaraz as replacement.we’re in need of tall players like:Alvarez,Scott Dann & G Cahill.

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  36. GunFrogg

    Valbuena is not a playmaker. He is small, he has no technique, he can not see or build anything and just run like beheaded chicken on the pitch. No one wants him not even Deschamps who is trying to get rid of him since he is the coach of OM. This is why he called a friend of him from l’Equipe and asked for a paper to hype. Rubbish.

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  37. Ajagun f clement

    All the arsenal players who are clamouring to leave should leave,all of them contributed to the hard luck arsenal had last season,imagin carling cup final,what prompted them for not playin their lives to secure a silver ware,they should all be ashamed.All of them contributed to arsenal mess last season,there should be a new dawn in arsenal,in arsene i trust no player is bigger than the club.

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  38. Deepan

    We gunners.. Proud to be gunner.. We all are having the same mentality:) Although we are losing our so called(words not from heart just from mouth.. There are pure world class players.. But i say this because they are betraying my beloved arsenal) best players still we will fight.. I really can’t understand the fact that being an arsenal fan and not supporting the club and not supporting the man who is the best manager of the decade.. In arsene we trust.. He is not judas… He has the true footballing mind.. Whatever he is doing is good for arsenal..

    Gunner for life.. Expecting some really great and wise move from the legendary manager Arsene wenger…

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  39. david kiumba

    What the fuck is wrong with you wenger Just quit if you cant buy.You have the best scouts in the world yet you snub them and dont purchase any new players fuck you wenger am even shifting this fuckin club.

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