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Nasri completes move to Arsenal

Samir Nasri
Nasri has been dubbed the new Zinedine Zidane

Arsenal have completed the signing of Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old, who made two appearances as a substitute for France during Euro 2008, has signed a "long-term" contract with the Gunners.

He said: "This is a very important step in my life as a footballer because Arsenal is a massive club."

Manager Arsene Wenger told the club's website: "He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player."

Although no details of the fee were announced by the Gunners, Nasri is reported to have cost 12m.

He has shown great potential with his performances for Marseille and the French national team

Arsene Wenger on Nasri
Nasri, who has been dubbed the new Zinedine Zidane, joined Marseille as a nine-year-old and made his league debut during the 2004-2005 season.

He can play on either wing or through the centre and won the French First Division's Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2006/2007 campaign, as well as being voted Marseille's Player of the Year by supporters.

He added: "Arsene has a great reputation and he is one of the best managers in the world. He has proved that he puts a lot of confidence in the young players and he gives them a chance.

"It was very important for me to have such a great manager to work with and I'm really looking forward to working with both Arsene Wenger and all my new team-mates.

"I can play in the centre or on the wing. During my career, I have played behind one or two strikers or on the left, or the right hand side."

Last season he scored six goals in 30 games for the French outfit, his final strike in a 4-3 win over Strasbourg helping secure their place in next season's Champions League.

Nasri appeared at various youth international levels for France before winning the first of seven senior caps in 2007.

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And he could fill the gap created if Alexander Hleb, whose future remains uncertain after he held talks over a possible move to Barcelona, leaves the club.

Wenger has already lost midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who joined AC Milan on a free transfer, while striker Emmanuel Adebayor remains a target for the Italian giants.




see also
Barcelona in talks to sign Hleb
19 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
A rebuilding job for Les Bleus
18 Jun 08 |  France
France 0-2 Italy
17 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal


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