Nasri set for Gunners comeback

Samir Nasri has given Arsenal a major boost by revealing he is ready for a first-team return, reports this morning’s Sun.
The paper adds that the midfielder has been out since breaking his leg in pre-season — a story revealed here at — but could be back in action this month.
Nasri, a £13million capture from Marseille last summer, also hailed Arsene Wenger’s tactical changes and insisted the Gunners are quickly “reaching maturity”.
He said: “I’m due to rejoin the Arsenal team this weekend, or at the start of next week. I think I will be back in action against West Ham on the 25th.
Meanwhile, today’s Daily Mail says AW believes the best way for his jet-setting squad to prepare for the World Cup is to first deliver a successful season with Arsenal.
The vast majority of the Gunners squad have been away with their respective countries around the globe during the international break, not to mention trio Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs all playing for England Under-21s.
As well as action in Europe, where striker Nicklas Bendtner helped Denmark book their place in South Africa next summer, Carlos Vela was on target for Mexico, also now already safely qualified, while Alex Song’s Cameroon will join Emmanuel Eboue’s Ivory Coast in the finals with just one more win.
‘I am keen for them to qualify, hopefully as quickly as possible as group winners, because that would preclude them from having to play a decisive play-off game in November,’ Wenger said. ‘I am convinced it is important for the players to go to the World Cup, but as well I know that those who have a good World Cup are those who win with their clubs during the season.
‘We have seen that before here [with France], and so the most important thing is that they do well with the club and it puts you in a strong position confidence-wise for what follows.’
The same paper reports that Arsenal are chasing Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiebling, according to the player’s agent. Kiebling has been in superb form so far this season, and is the leading scorer in the Bundesliga.
His agent Ali Bulut said: ‘Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Milan are the clubs that have shown an interest.’He wants to move to a big club.’
The Daily Telegraph reports that Arsenal’s hopes of signing Fulham defender Brede Hangeland in the January transfer window have taken a blow following news that the Norway international is set to agree a new contract within the next two weeks.
Hangeland, who has two years left on his current deal, has been offered £50,000 a week, which will put him in the same wage bracket as captain Danny Murphy.
“As far as we’re concerned we want Brede Hangeland to stay with us here,” Hodgson said. “We are going to be as desperate as a club can be to hold onto him.

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