Samir Nasri would feature in the Arsenal game against Liverpool in the Barclays Premiership today, which might be his last game for the Gunners, before moving to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger speculates.
Wenger claims he understands why Samir Nasri wants to join City.
Arsenal are so short of players for their game against Liverpool today that boss Wenger has included Nasri in his 18-man squad, even though the French midfielder is on the brink of a £22million move to the Etihad.
Nasri could even start for Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off, having trained and had lunch with his team-mates on Friday before going with them to the team hotel, as per usual before a home game.
Arsenal fans are likely to give Nasri, who is set to more than Treble his wages with a £180,000-a-week deal at City - a frosty reception, because of the ugly transfer saga.
But Wenger insisted he accepts the reasons for the 24-year-old wanting to go.
The Gunners boss told journalists: “You work in your newspaper, you can love your newspaper, and somebody offers you three times more, you can leave your newspaper and still love the newspaper where you were before.
“It’s the same. We have a choice to make always, and it doesn’t mean the clubs I left I no longer feel attached to.”
Wenger added he will have no hesitation playing Nasri against Liverpool, following delays in the French star’s move north because of a wrangle over agent’s fees.