Marouane Chamakh has been speaking to L’Equipe TV about the possible departures of key Arsenal duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, which he believes will happen once manager Arsene Wenger indentifies some replacements.
Fabregas was widely tipped to leave the club last summer, but ended up staying, but now appears to be on his way back to boyhood club Barcelona.
Nasri, too, looks likely to seal a big-money move to Premier League rivals Manchester City, Chamakh revealed.
“I think both of them are likely leaving the club. It’s a difficult situation for the manager,” he explained.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of money for Fabregas or Samir, I think he (Wenger) is looking for their successors and he hasn’t found them. I think before letting them go he wants to find the players to replace them. That’s my opinion about the situation. The problem is the season starts this weekend, and it’s even more difficult for us.
“I think in the situation the club was in, they could have let only one leave. Especially Cesc – he wants to leave for several seasons because he’s born in Barcelona. But Samir is now in a situation where he has 1 year left on his contract, so if they don’t sell him this summer he will leave for free at the end of the season.
“Is the club ready to refuse a little bit more than €20m to keep a good player for 1 season? It’s strange – at a club like Arsenal – that he’s now with 1 year left on his contract, that the club couldn’t make him sign a new contract before.”