Premier League – Arsenal complete Nasri signing


Arsenal have finally completed the signing of Samir Nasri after the Marseille forward signed a four-year deal.

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According to the player, who turns 21 on Thursday, he joins the Gunners for a fee of £15.8 million after completing a medical with the north London side last week.

A statement on the player’s personal website reads: “We inform you that Samir won’t be an Olympique de Marseille player next season and that he has signed a four-year contract with London club Arsenal.”

Arsenal themselves are yet to officially announce the deal.

The acquisition is Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s second of the close-season, following the capture of teenager Arron Ramsey from Cardiff City for £5 million.

The deal was delayed while Nasri was at Euro 2008 with the France squad. The versatile winger, who can play on both flanks, made two appearances, both as a substitute.

Nasri holds the dubious distinction of being taken off in the same match as being brought on at the tournament, during the crunch Group C match against Italy.

He replaced the injured Franck Ribery after just 10 minutes of that 2-0 defeat, only to be substituted himself 15 minutes later when manager Raymond Domenech brought on defender Jean-Alain Boumsong after Eric Abidal was sent off.

Nasri was voted Marseille’s player of the year by the club’s fans at the end of the 2006/2007 season, and scored six goals in 30 appearances last term.

The signing is another strong indication that Alexander Hleb is leaving the club, as Arsenal will now be more willing to let his much-touted move to Inter Milan go through.

Tony Mabert / Eurosport