Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Nasri to travel to Asia

Samir Nasri

Wantaway Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been named in Arsenal's 23-man squad to travel to the Far East.

The France international has been the subject of rife speculation this summer linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, with a move to either Manchester City and United mooted.

Despite the speculation, Nasri has been included as part of Arsene Wenger's squad that will head to China and Malaysia after the Gunners boss insisted he would do his utmost to keep hold of the former Marseille man and fellow midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

As expected, Fabregas, who has been struggling with a hamstring problem, has not been included.

"The Premier League is very popular in Asia and Arsenal are a very popular team in Asia," Wenger told arsenal.com "Many of the players have never been there so we are very excited about it. It is a good experience for the team.

"You expect to see many Arsenal fans and, from our side, we expect to give fun, pleasure and enjoyment to the people who come and watch us play."

The imminent signing of Lille striker Gervinho has not been completed in time for him to join the party, which includes youngsters Ryo Miyaichi, Emmanuel Frimpong and Carl Jenkinson. Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner are not included.

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