Originally posted by foreign49er:
His hamstring still isn't 100%, it's not about future injuries it's about the fact that he's still injured. It's been almost two years and he's still a shadow of his former self. If Nasri leaves we'll have $50M+ to spend and be rid of a player who hasn't given 100% in almost a year, not too worried at all about CL next year. But as Nick said, probably buy some youth product. Names being thrown around include Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, wouldn't mind either or both of those.
Hamstring seems fine - he passed the Barca's medical tests and is available to play full 90 minutes on Wednesday if Pep wants him to. Fab was healthy to play in pre-season as well.
If Nasri leaves as well and the glass man goes down for few weeks - I expect Arsenal to finish behind ManU, Chelsea, ManCity, and Liverpool. Clichy left as well. Eden Hazard and Mata are at least a year or 2 away from playing against the top competition. Mata is over-rated, but Hazard will be a damn good player in couple years.
I like Arsenal, they are always fun to watch - thanks to Wenger - but he has also made them a training facility. Players go there to becomes really good, and then they go to other teams to become great. Arsenal with all the money - need to go out and sign some big stars if they want to be taken seriously.