Tuesday, 23 August 2011

City in for a little French Fancy as Samir Nasri deal is agreed.

Thankfully the will-he-wont-he media circus can now stop, as quite frankly it had got as tedious as the will-he-wont-he Tevez saga. City have agreed terms with Arsenal (and greedy, money grabbing agents) to bring the 24 year old to the Etihad Stadium.

I must admit though, it was a little entertaining for a short time with Arsene Wenger doing the holier than thou act because Mancini dared to answer a question about his interest in Nasri. This followed by Mancini giving a knowing smirk at each subsequent question on the subject.

Samir Nasri arrives from Arsenal for a fee of around £22m which for someone in the last year of their contract is probably a little steep. However what it does show is how much Mancini wanted him in the squad. And who can blame him as last season saw the attacking midfielder notch up 42 games, 13 goals, and 5 assists in all competitions with Arsenal.

He will team up with former Arsenal teammate Gael Clichy who also joined City this summer. Gael, who has stated he feels like he's been at City for years, will no doubt help his compatriot settle into life in the North West with his new club.

What does Samir bring to City? Pace, creativity and the technical ability to dance through defences with the ball at his feet. It is another sign that the team is being molded into what Mancini envisioned when he took over. City, generally speaking, now have a very strong and robust defence with a more agile and technically adept attack.

Just stop and think for a moment, and you would be hard pushed to find many teams with a creative combination like that of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri. There certainly isn't one in the Premier League that's for sure.

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