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Arsenal have confirmed that the club and Manchester City have agreed a fee for 24 year old playmaker Samir Nasri. Wenger has given permission for Nasri to travel to Manchester for a medical and to agree personal terms after the French man told Wenger that he does not want to be included in Arsenal's squad to face Udinese.
The deal comes after weeks of speculation about the future of the star, and Wenger said "The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fábregas and Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in the end, we lost two great players and that's a sad side of the story but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on the future."
However, it was unexpected that Wenger would give the deal the green light after he insisted that he does not have to sell Nasri and Fabregas in July. The deal will mean that he will lose two of his key players in the space of just 8 days, and this will severly weaken Arsenal's chances this year.
In July, the manager said""Samir's situation is clear for me. He stays. We are in a [financial] position where we can say 'No', and we will … Imagine the worst situation, that we lose Fábregas and Nasri; you cannot convince people that you are ambitious after that."