Wenger could lose Nasri but may gain transfer cash...

Well, we said it might happen and it seems it will. Samir Nasri looks set to be charged with violent conduct after referee Steve Bennett told the Football Association he had not seen his alleged stamp on Hull’s Richard Garcia’s ankle at the Emirates on Saturday.
And this morning’s Daily Mail says video footage of the flashpoint which triggered a mass confrontation of players during the 3-0 win will be reviewed today by the FA. The referee told Hull players at the time that Nasri and Hunt had both been booked for their roles in the pushing and shoving which ensued, says the paper.
And it adds that Bennett is expected to tell the FA he would have shown Nasri the red card had he seen the stamp. If charged and found guilty, the France midfielder will be banned for three matches, ruling him out of the Premier League games against Aston Villa and Portsmouth and the FA Cup third-round tie at West Ham.
Away from the action, and this morning’s Sun reports that Stan Kroenke has moved to within 17 shares of the threshold which would force him into making a takeover bid for Arsenal.
The American business tycoon has bought up another 25 shares and is edging ever closer to the 30 per cent holding that requires him to make a formal offer to buy the entire stockholding, says the redtop.
His latest share acquisition is reported to have cost around £212,500 and he has gradually increased his stake in Arsenal this year through a number of different transactions. Arsenal’s other main shareholders are Uzbek tycoon Alisher Usmanov, who holds a stake of about 25%, Danny Fiszman, and Lady Bracewell-Smith.
And there could be a good few quid winging its way into AW’s transfer kitty, if you believe a report in this morning’s Mirror. They claim that he could be set for a huge cash windfall with Arsenal bidding to renegotiate their Emirates shirt sponsorship deal.
The Gunners feel they have sold themselves short with their £5million-a-year deal which has six years left to run.But that arrangement is dwarfed by Manchester United’s four-year contract – worth over £20m a season – with Aon, who will replace insurance giant AIG from the beginning of next season, says the Mirror.
Arsenal signed their long-term deals with Emirates at a time when the club were desperate to raise the £350m needed for their new stadium.
But they now believe they have the clout and the growing worldwide fan base to put themselves at least on course to earn as much as their Premier League rivals and the Gunners are actively looking to do so.
The papers adds that some experts believe Emirates may be open to negotiations after its owners reported a slump in profits in the year to April. Chelsea paid £24m to get out of its kit contract with Umbro before clinching their deal with Samsung. They then penned a new deal with Adidas.
If he gets the dosh, who will be his targets? The Mirror says AW has been linked with a move for highly-rated Inter Milan starlet Mario Balotelli, who would cost upwards of £15m, and is also keen on prolific young Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic while another target, Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh is available for as little as £2m as his deal expires in the summer.

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